One of the greatest goals of an average Pakistani teenager is to gain good marks in their final board exams. Parents in Pakistan place a lot of emphasis on studies and usually go to great lengths for their children to study well. Students are sent to tuition centers, cram schools, group studying sessions, and other similar places to study. This mindset causes students to also develop a dedication toward their academic performance. Despite the country’s efforts to promote perfect academic performance, however, a lot of students still fail their annual board exams every year. But, Pakistan’s education system gives these students another chance in the form of supplementary, or make-up, exams.
These exams offer students an opportunity for students to save their grades in matric or intermediate. Although a lot of students choose to reattempt their failed subject in the next annual exams along with the rest of their subjects, many students still opt for make-up exams.
Moreover, the students who take these exams aren’t just those who failed in a subject or two. There are many students who got passing marks but were not satisfied with their percentile. Such students, sometimes, choose to take these exams to improve their percentile.
When are supplementary exams held in Pakistan?
Supplementary exams are held after the conclusion of annual board exams and the announcement of their results. Depending on the education board, they are held between September and November for all classes (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) in matric and intermediate. For example, the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) conducts SSC Part I and II make-up exams in September every year, a month or two after the results are announced.
Karachi Board of Secondary Education (BSEK), on the other hand, commences the make-up exams between October and November for SSC Part I and II, i.e. matric classes.
What are the eligibility criteria for supplementary exams in Pakistan?
According to FBISE, the eligibility criteria are as follows:
The candidate must have attempted SSC and/or HSSC (part I and II for both) Annual Examinations.
Only candidates who failed in less than two (02) subjects in their SSC/HSSC annual exams are permitted to attempt make-up exams.
All candidates who were issued Roll Numbers and admit cards for Annual Examinations (SSC, HSSC) but could not appear in any exams, i.e. were absent in all papers.
Candidates who wish to improve their marks/grades are also eligible to attempt make-up exams.
Candidates who failed in more than two (02) subjects will have to appear in all subjects of their examination, such as SSC-I or HSSC-II, in the next Annual Examinations as fresh candidates.
Candidates who failed in less than two (02) subjects will be placed under compartment and will be permitted to appear only in their failed subjects/papers in the examinations. Such candidates will have three chances for subsequent attempts: supplementary exams, annual exams, and next year’s supplementary exams.
This was everything that you needed to know about make-up exams in the education system of Pakistan for matric and intermediate. If you’re a university student, your guidelines will depend on your university.
Don’t be worried about how you will prepare for your supplementary exams. Instead, convert that worry into determination and focus on strengthening all your weak points. Make sure that you will no longer repeat the mistakes you made that caused you to fail or get bad marks.