Anna University exams are nothing but these. They stash a mini-booklet in your hands, contains 44 sides and the real challenge for any student taking up these exams is to fill up the whole of 44 sides and declare to the rest of the community "Have pen; will write phenomena", you might know very little about the whole concept, in spite of this, you decide to spin the yarn and write pages.
The marking scheme, is another thing that really irritates me, Mr.Anna Univ Question Paper setter uncle, we're post graduate students, what is the whole point in dumping us with question and answer modules worth 16 marks?.. Don't you think we need to "apply" all this in the industry at some point in our careers (if we have any that is). I see no reason why we should mug answers, and puke them in the paper, if mugging up of concepts is the very idea behind conducting exams, don't conduct them at all. it makes things all the more easier for us. Nobody really enjoys mugging up answer after answer, point after point in a harried frenzy and filling up pages.
None of us know what to write, and how to write it, allotting 16 marks for a god-damned question is just too much, give us a split up instead, that way we'll learn concepts and write them in smaller chunks of paragraphs which makes reading and understanding easier. We don't derive sadistic pleasure from crapping for 6-sides straight with bullet points, assortment of blue and black ink; drawing up boxes. Writing essays is a thing of a past. When Nondescript B-schools across the country are raising their bar in order to provide quality education, why are we still stuck with the UG mode of mugging up?
I think these people still haven't grown out Tamil Nadu state-boards examination pattern. Grow up folks! Give us something worth writing about. Give us something that will challenge our intellects and a mode of expressing what we've learnt. testing our memory makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever.
When you the people give so much importance to engineering, MBA which is consider a lot more valuable needs to be given a little more considerations. If you people are ready to raise the bar and take in better quality students, I think the over-all value will increase.
->Start ten-days before the exam. Serious prep begins only in the study holiday allotted before the exam.