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  • Utkarsh Khandelwal

Online Examination System in India- Its Scope, Pros & Cons!

The recent wave of online learning has lead us to another round of questions on how it will change the upcoming education system. Traditional beliefs are challenged regarding how the online examination system in India could be effectively imparted to the students amidst social distancing norms. The pandemic has made most of the students to first-hand experience how online education can change their learning process. Now, this has lead educators to believe that the future of education will be a mixture of both offline and online modes of learning.

Online examination system in India

In the upcoming future, although offline classroom education might resurface, the

collaboration of digital education will be an added bonus. Innovative techniques such as gamified scenarios, interactive storytelling, learner-driven study resources, etc. have proven to be successful in the long run.

Currently, the e-learning market is dominated by online courses for the working generation providing them skill enhancements. This is however changing with the emergence of customizable e-learning platforms for various formal educational institutions. For example, many schools especially in metropolitan states in India have collaborated with e-learning platform to give learners access to study material. This is a temporary solution but has been effective. In the future, each school can be the stakeholder in its own e-learning platform with the help of customizable websites.

Pros of online education :

Online examination is the revolutionary step in education that has been stimulated by the present pandemic. Therefore not only has the pandemic situation lead to an opportunity at improving the traditional education but also paved a way for the growth of e-learning platforms. Let us look at some of the key positive impacts of online education:

1. Innovation

E-learning has lead to a bundle of new technical advancements in education. From a people-centric learning approach to games for learning, there has been an amazing development in

learning process. It has been rightly said, “one shoe doesn’t fits all”, thus driving education

around learner needs has been an exceptional transformation in e-learning.

2. Accessibility

The students can now access education from any corner of the world. Therefore there is an

opportunity to grow Indian education market to abroad. Universities in India can approach this

as an opportunity to provide distance classroom learning and generate a good revenue.

3. Cost

The cost of education significantly drops because e-learning is efficient and 90% less time

consuming. Thus, a larger community can be accessed at one single time reducing the costs.

Pros of online education and examinations

4. Saves time and resources

With online learning one can save a lot resources physically and mentally. The use of paper work and traveling time can serve a large population of students very effectively.

5. Learning

Digitally, the lessons invoke most attention of the students helping them learn and retain 50%

more than offline classrooms. The lessons can be saved and viewed numerous times which

proves to be a beneficial aspect with students.

Cons of online education :

There have been some negative outlooks to the digital education platforms as well.

1. Lack of training

Students and teachers are not properly trained to use such online platforms in the past. So

to break the stereotypical misconceptions of difficulty in use, a proper training needs to be

done. This can ensure that students and tutors can be well versed with an ease of use of the


2. Traditional social setup lacks

Online education lacks a setup of social interactions among students which is not very

effective for overall growth of the student. Therefore digital learning with traditional school

setup can be highly useful.

3. Large scale implementation

There are currently 1.5 million schools in India for primary education. Thus, e-learning at

such a large scale will need a big plan for implementation

It can be highlighted that with the help of government authorities and administrative staff of

educators, large scale implementation of e-learning will be very effective. The effectiveness of any scheme is based on its implementation and how well it is perceived. The latter can be addressed to be successful based on the reduced learning time and interactive sessions. Thus the only way to ensure e-learning growth is a proper strategy to implement it. The efforts will be worth the positive impacts it will provide to our education system in the long run.

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