RVCE got autonomous status under VTU in 2007 and since then RVCE  follows Grading system. At the beginning it was relative grading system. Now it is grading system on a absolute scale. Marks obtained will be converted to equivalent grades. Grades will be given for a scale of 10.

All autonomous colleges, IITs, NITs and universities across the world have this GPA system. Earlier when RVCE students used to go abroad for higher studies, there was great confusion regarding percentages. Universities would find it difficult to understand which student was academically better when one had marks in the form of a percentage and the other had a GPA. In countries like the US, the GPA is calculated out of 4 while in India it is calculated out of 10.

How to calculate your GPA?

This is covered during your orientation sessions held for first year students.

CIE - Continuous Internal Evaluation

SEE- Semester End Exam

Assume your percentage in the exams conducted in various subjects are the following (CIE + SEE):

Subject % of marks scored
Physics 82
Math 97
Electrical 71
Mechanical 89
Civil 56
English 80

These percentages are converted to grades by the following scheme

Grade Grade Points Marks Remarks
S 10 >=90 Outstanding
A 9 >=75<90 Excellent
B 8 >=60<75 Very Good
C 7 >=50<60 Good
D 5 >=45<50 Average
E 4 >=40<45 Poor
F 0 <40 Fail
I - - Transitional
W - - Transitional
X - - Transitional

So your grades and grade points are as follows

Subject % of marks scored Grade Grade Points
Physics 82 A 9
Math 97 S 10
Electrical 71 B 8
Mechanical 89 A 9
Civil 56 C 7
English 80 A 9

Each subject has a weightage associated with it known as credits. This info is found in the handbook given at the beginning of the year.

The credits for the corresponding subjects are

Subject No. of Credits
Physics 5
Math 4
Electrical 4
Mechanical 5
Civil 4
English 1

Putting in all the details into 1 table you get:

Subject % of marks scored Grade Grade Points No. of credits
Physics 82 A 9 5
Math 97 S 10 4
Electrical 71 B 8 4
Mechanical 89 A 9 5
Civil 56 C 7 4
English 80 A 9 1

The formula to calculate your GPA is

GPA= ∑ (No. of credits for the subject X Grade Points)/(Total no. of credits)

GPA=( 9X5 + 10X4 + 8X4 + 9X5 + 7X4 + 9X1)/(5+4+4+5+4+1)   -See the last 2 columns of the table

GPA=199/23

GPA=8.652

VTU students still quote their scores in terms of percentages. The equivalent GPA to % conversion is done using the formula

% = (GPA-0.75)X 10

%= (8.652-0.75) X10

%= 79.02

Some info:

  1. Do well in subjects which contain labs which have 5 credits
  2. If you see the previous example, if the student had scored an A grade in Civil and a C in English, a quick calculation shows his GPA would have been 8.913 from the earlier 8.652 
  3. A GPA >8.5 is considered to be good in campus
  4. Higher GPA does not imply probability of getting higher pay. The guy who got placed in Microsoft(which paid the highest last year) was a 8 pointer.