Examination

1. Frequency of Examinations for the B.Th & Philosophy

  • There are three ordinary sessions of examinations, one at the end of each trimester.
  • When visiting professors are involved, extraordinary sessions of examinations are generally held soon after the course after the interval of a day (which may also be a Thursday or a Sunday) for preparation.
  • Three times a year (normally during the second week of June, the third week of September, and the second week of January), repeat sessions of examinations are held for those who have failed to make the grade.

2. Mode of conducting Examinations for the B.Th and Philosophy

Examinations are conducted in one of the following ways:

  • Only an oral examination lasting not less than 15 minutes in subjects of more than two credits (one credit is equivalent to twelve periods), and not less than 10 minutes in the others..
  • When visiting professors are involved, extraordinary sessions of examinations are generally held soon after the course after the interval of a day (which may also be a Thursday or a Sunday) for preparation.
  • An oral or written examination carrying 60% of the marks with the rest (40%) allotted for written assignments.

3. Mode of conducting Examinations for the M.Th.

The M.Th. examinations can be held in one of the following ways:

  • Class presentation of the topic AND an examination lasting not more than 15 minutes on topics covered (other than what has been presented)
  • Class presentation on a suggested topic AND a scientific paper on the same.li>
  • Five short scientific papers on the topics treated in class integrating suggested readings and personal reflection.
  • One scientific paper which covers all the important topics, integrating suggested readings and personal reflection.
  • Any other modality left to the discretion of the professor, provided the workload involved does not exceed the above.
  • In case an examination/assignment is not done/ submitted
    Within the specified deadline, a further grace period will be allowed till the end of the following trimester; failing which, it can only be done/submitted when the selfsame course is once again offered by the department.

4. Failures

  • Any candidate (M.Th., B.Th., Philosophy) who fails in the same subject twice is obliged to repeat that course. After repeating that course, if the candidate fails the third time also, he/she cannot continue that course in this college. The failure will also result in the mark sheet. It applies to both the clerical and the non-clerical students. The third time the mode of examination will be written and,were a problem to asses, the paper will be evaluated by more than one professor.
  • 5. A fee of Rs. 50.00 will be imposed on a candidate for every examination that has to be repeated.li>

5. Evaluation

18 Pass mark. (Pass)
18-20 Just enough (Third Class)
21-23 Average (Second Class)
24-26 Good (Higher Second Class)
27-29 Very Good (First Class)
30 Excellent (Distinction)

6. The Bachelor’s Degree in Theology

In order to be eligible for the qualifying examination for the B.Th., the candidate should in the course of his/her theological studies have passed in all the subjects individually and have secured an average mark of not less than 70%. A candidate who has failed twice in the same subject during the First Cycle of Theology is not eligible for the B.Th examination.
The B.Th. examination itself comprises the following:

  • An oral examination lasting for a period of forty minutes before a panel of four examiners, each of whom will interrogate the candidate for a period of ten minutes. This oral examination will be based on a thesarium of theology which will include not less than fifty five themes embracing the different fields of theological reflection such as: Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Pastoral Theology, Liturgy, Church History, etc.li>
  • During the final trimester, the candidate will be required to write a dissertation on a theological subject whose length shall be between twenty five and thirty pages under the guidance of a professor. In elaborating the same, the candidate shall be required to adhere to the canons of scientific methodology. li>
  • The marks for the B.Th. examination will be calculated out of a total of thirty. In computing this total:
    • Forty percent of the marks will derive from the average of the marks obtained for the subjects covered during the First Cycle of Theological Studies;
    • Forty percent of the marks will derive from the Oral Comprehensive Examination; and
    • Twenty percent of the marks will derive from the Written Dissertation.

7. The Master’s Degree in Theology

  • Every student is required to write a dissertation of about 150 pages on a subject dealing with his/her specialization under the guidance of a professor and defend it. By the end of the second trimester, the candidate shall present the theme of the dissertation and the choice of guide; and by the second week of the third trimester, the candidate shall present a more detailed outline of the theme for approval. Four copies of the dissertation, countersigned by the guide, shall be submitted on or before the appointed day.
  • The candidates shall undergo an oral examination on the dissertation before a commission of two examiners. The examination shall last for a period of 45 minutes, during which, a period of 15 minutes will be allotted to the candidate to present the theme; subsequently each examiner shall interrogate the examinee for a period of 15 minutes.
  • The marks for the M.Th. examination will be calculated out of a total of 30. In computing this total, equal weightage shall be given to:
    • The average of the marks obtained in the subjects of the M.Th.
    • The average of the marks obtained for the evaluation of the final written dissertation.
    • The average of the marks obtained for the oral defence of the dissertation.
  • The students are required to hand in their dissertations on the day appointed, or (for those who have not been able to keep the deadline), at any other time. In the latter case, after the lapse of atleast one month from the submission of the dissertation, the Registrar will fix the date of the defence and intimate the same to the candidate concerned. The defence of the dissertation will not be scheduled during the period when the college remains closed, either for the Christmas or the Summer vacation.
  • Any student who fails to submit the dissertation on or before the appointed day, shall be allowed a further grace period of two years, failing which, s/he shall have to repeat the entire procedure, beginning with the choice of the theme.