Choice Based Credit System

Nallamuthu Gounder Mahalingam College has always been in the forefront to introduce innovations in the curricular contents of UG and PG programmes of study. When we were conferred with Autonomy in 1987 by UGC, a novel component, popularly called Choice Based Additional Subjects (CBAS) as part IV was introduced in UG Programmes. Under the system, the students were required to select and study 4 extra disciplinary subjects from a group of 20 subjects. This component has been highly commended and appreciated by every quarter of higher education including students, parents, faculty, university and UGC.

Now, we have replaced CBAS by introducing another major innovation in the UG and PG curriculum in the name of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to meet the emerging challenges in the context of fast changing market requirements, quality enhancement and globalization.

CBCS is the Cafeteria System of approach in which students are having options of courses to select and study, suitable to their tastes, temperament and talent.

The CBCS was introduced in the UG and PG curriculum from the academic year 2004-2005.

It is in accordance with the model curricula proposed by UGC with the thrust areas like Modernization of teaching, Strengthening research, Support of outreach programmes like Value Education, Community programme etc.

In respect of students admitted in UG & PG courses from the academic year 2008-2009 Bharathiar University has prescribed a new pattern of CBCS system formulated by TANSCHE.

Under the revised pattern of CBCS total credits to be obtained by students will be as follows ; UG: 140 & PG : 90.

The Objectives of CBCS

  • To enrich the horizon of knowledge of students by means of Core, Inter disciplinary, Extra disciplinary and Life/Job oriented courses.
  • To ensure more interaction between the teacher and taught in class room and extra class room programmes.
  • To offer flexibility in choosing the courses of study according to their needs and learning capacity.
  • To englishten the students on the rich culture of our nation and ethical values underlying real life situations.
  • To expose the students to the world of social commitment through specially designed components of study like NSS/NCC/Sports and Games.
  • To allow the advanced learner to earn extra credits.
  • To maintain the total credits of each programme on a par with International standards.

Terms and Definitions

In the context of introduction Choice Based Credit System, it is necessary to define the new terms for better understanding of the students and their parents.


Every branch of study at UG/PG level is called a programme. For e.g. B.Com degree programme / B.A. Degree programme in English / M.Sc. Degree programme in Mathematics.


Every paper/subject of study offered by various UG/PG degree programmes is called a course.


The various parts / components of each and every UG/PG degree programme that give appropriate teaching – learning experience are collectively called curriculum.


It refers to the numerical weightage given to each and every course of study based on the depth of teaching – learning experience of that course. For successfully completing a 3 year UG Programme, a student must earn a minimum of 120 credits.

Components of Curriculum of UG Programmes

There will be seven components to be taken up by each and every student to complete the UG programme of study. These include In addition to these seven parts, students at their option may study

Advanced Courses (ADC) to earn extra credits.

The following is the break up of curriculum, credits and duration of study for UG Programmes.

For B.A./B.Sc. Programmes offering language for 4 semesters

Parts Courses Semester Credits
I Language Tamil/Hindi/French I to IV 12
II Language English I to IV 12
III (a) Core I to VI 70
(b) Inter disciplinary courses I to IV 12
IV Ethics & Culture I to VI 06
V (a) Foundation Course I 1
(b) Environmental Studies I & II 2
(c) Extra disciplinary Course III & IV 2
VI Life / Job oriented Course V 1
VII NSS/NCC/Sports and Games I to IV 2
Total Credits

For B.Sc./B.Com./B.B.M./B.Com.(C.A.) and B.C.A. programmes offering language for 2 semesters

Parts Courses Semester Credits
I Language Tamil/Hindi/French I & II 6
II Language English I & II 6
III (a) Core I to VI 82
(b) Inter disciplinary courses I to IV 12
IV Ethics & Culture I to VI 06
V (a) Foundation Course I 1
(b) Environmental Studies I & II 2
(c) Extra disciplinary Course III & IV 2
VI Life / Job oriented Course V 1
VII NSS/NCC/Sports and Games I to IV 2
Total Credits

Core Course (COC)

It refers to Major papers of study distributed over Six semesters for UG Programmes.

Inter disciplinary Course (IDC)

It refers to the course offered by the other related departments to the students of a particular programme. The IDC for each and every UG programme is fixed and compulsory. The IDC for each and every UG programme is fixed and compulsory. The IDC is to be studied for first four semesters of UG programmes.

Ethics and Culture (ECL)

Taking into account the imperative need for value – based eduction, the course on Ethics and Culture is made compulsory for all the students of UG programmes as part of our innovative package under CBCS.

This course is to be studied by UG students in all the six semesters, one paper each per semester. There is no continuous Internal Assessment for the course and the evaluation is based on End of Semester Examination only.

Foundation Course

It refers to a paper which lays emphasis on General awareness and General knowledge to be possessed by every UG programme student. This is a self-study paper and there will be no contact classes. Supportive study material will be supplied to all the students.

Environmental Studies (EVS)

It refers to a course on Environmental Science which gives importance to the preservation and rational management of our own environment. It will be taught by the concerned faculty during the I and II semesters. The examination will be conducted only at the end of the II semester. There is no continuous Internal Assessment in this paper and the evaluation is based only on the End of Semester Examinations.

Extra Disciplinary Course (EDC)

Each UG Department will offer two or three extra disciplinary courses. All the UG departments will offer two groups of extra disciplinary courses. UG students have to study two ED courses, one in III semester and another in IV semester from these two groups. These two ED courses to be studied by a student of a particular Department must be the ones offered by other Departments.

The Extra Disciplinary Courses are from various disciplines and the students will have the freedom of choice in selecting the courses. It is intended to enable the student to study some subject of his/her liking, which the conventional course structure does not permit and thereby broad base his/her intellectual horizon.

Life/Job oriented Course (LOC/JOC)

It refers to the courses which train the students with certain skills needed to enrich their lives or for self employment. All the UG students have to select one course from a group of LOC/JOC and have to complete it successfully to qualify for the UG degree. This course is evaluated by End-os- Semester Examination only.

NSS / NCC / Sports and Games

Students choose any one of the courses viz NSS / NCC / Sports and Games according to their aptitudes and suitability. The objective of this part is to provide opportunities for recreation, social service and learning the rudiments of military science. The classes for these 3 courses will be conducted outside the class hours.

Each student should participate in any one of three courses during the first four semesters. The evaluation is based on continuous internal assessment only.

Advanced Courses (ADC)

To facilitate the students to earn extra credits, Advanced Courses are offered by each and every department. A student can select advanced courses from a group of courses offered by their respective departments with 2 credits for each course. A student can opt for any one course per semester from II semester onwards for UG Programmes.

Advance Courses are self study papers but due guidance will be given by departments concerned.

Evaluation :

General Guidelines

To earn a UG degree, students should pass in all the courses prescribed for that programme, by obtaining the minimum pass mark and also earn the minimum number of credits as noted below.

UG Degree Programmes

  • 40 percent in each course with a minimum of 35 percent in ESE (i.e. 25 marks out of 70 ) and
  • 120 credits.

Extra fees will not be levied upon the students who opt for Advanced Courses provided no practical work in the laboratory is involved.

Faculty adviser

Proctorial system is in practice in the college. A group of students will be assigned to a particular faculty member and the students can approach him or her for counseling on all academic matters.

Examination and Students’ Grievances committee

Students who have any grievances can appeal to the above committee for the redressal of their grievances.