Many of us feel that examinations are useless . They serve no purpose . They are more a lottery than a test of real merit . So many students feel that examinations should be abolished .
But we cannot abolish them because they test our progress in studies . Examinations have both merits and demerits . And we must consider them before saying anything definite about this system .
The feeling that students will be tested at the end of the academic session kills the joy of reading . The teacher will always have his eyes on the examination and his teaching becomes a kind of coaching students for a pass .
Students also start committing their lessons to memory . They think that cramming will help them through the examination . Students depend more upon memory and preparations of answers to questions than upon acquiring knowledge .
Sometimes examiners are men of moods . The marking of answer papers is subjective . The way one examiner examines the answer paper differs from the way another examiner does it . So the system does not make for sound education .
Examinations are competitive tests in which each student tries to surpass his rival . This rivalry , ends into selfish competition . Rich students take the help of tutors . Thus students become selfish and narrow - minded . Knowledge is not the end of studies in such an atmosphere .
But examinations have their importance also . It is the fear of the examination that keeps students at their books . If not , they might waste their time . Thus examinations serve the purpose of compelling students to read their books .
It is true that examinations do not do full justice to students . But they certainly do some amount of justice . Since there is no alternative to examinations should be minimized .
In order to make examinations more reliable . We must lay stress on the viva voce . It may be difficult to judge the real worth of a student from his written answer . But an interview for fifteen or twenty minutes will soon convince the examiner as to his real merit .
At the same time greater importance should be attached to class examinations . There should be records of class - work and they may decide about the merit of a student . The number of examinations may be increased to lessen the burden of students . Thus the system of present - day examinations may be improved .