TCS to aid Goa board in computerized corrections

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have been employed by the Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education to carry out computerized corrections of answersheets at this year’s Class X and XII public examinations, official sources said.

Training for teachers to carry out the computerized corrections began on Monday. Sources said that TCS has already set up a workstation in Panaji where the computerized corrections will take place.

Computerized corrections of answersheets of the common admission test (CAT) exam have been outsourced to TCS for many years now and has proven to be successful over the years.

“As this is the first year of implementation, computerized corrections will be done in the case of only half of the subjects. The remaining subject papers will be corrected manually as every year,” a source said.

After being tested by the board at the October 2015 supplementary exams, the system of computerized corrections was found to be successful in curbing oversights. Its implementation is expected to drastically reduce the number of applications for re-evaluation of answer sheets that flood the Goa board annually.

Under the system, the agency employed – in this case, TCS – will scan all answersheets of students and answers will be divided in each sheet as different blocks.

The teacher will be alerted by the system when correcting the papers if any of the answers has been left without being evaluated. The marks allotted to different answers will also be added up by the system automatically, thereby reducing the burden on the teacher and also cutting down the human errors involved in manual corrections.

The Goa board is also considering the possibility of emailing each student a copy of his/her answer sheets once results are declared in the near future. This is expected to do away with apprehensions and make the evaluation system transparent.

TOI had reported on July 29, 2015, that the system of computerized evaluation was in the offing for the Class X and XII public exams.