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    We have given few FAQs related to Bhakti Shastri (English) course.

    If you have any other questions you may send to bhakticourses.bs@iskcon.net

    Time to complete lessons,

    Que: If I miss weekly lessons or somehow cannot keep up with the module per week quota, am I still able to participate? My schedule may affect my timing.

    Ans: The weekly format of completing lessons and activities is for completing with average pace. You may adjust according to your convenience and try to complete the overall course in the given time duration.

    How often are written tests graded?

    Que: Ten days have passed, and my written assignment is not graded. I hope I am not being impatient.

    Ans: It takes 2-3 weeks for grading the written assignments (closed book exams). Please continue studying the next lessons or modules.

    Closed Book Exam

    Que: I have submitted all the assignments. When can I take my final closed book exam?
    My email address is abcd@……
    My ID number is ……..
    Name and email address of my recommending authority is ……. and pqrs@……

    Ans: Your final exam (closed book question paper) shall be sent to email address of your recommending authority. Please follow Guidelines given for submitting your closed book exam.

    Guidelines for Closed Book Exam

    The closed book exam will include short questions, essay questions and verses (with translation).

    General Guidelines:

    1. The closed book exam for Nectar of Instruction book will consist of the following:

    45 short answer questions
    knowledge of the Sanskrit transliteration and English meaning of 4 Sanskrit verses
    There will be no essay questions
    Each question will carry 4 marks
    Each shloka will carry 5 marks
    The exam will be for a total of 200 marks.

    2. The closed book exam for all the other modules will consist of the following:

    40 short questions
    2 essay questions and
    knowledge of the Sanskrit transliteration and English meaning of 4 Sanskrit verses
    Each short answer question will carry 5 marks
    Each essay question will carry 40 marks
    Each shloka will carry 5 marks
    The exam will be for a total of 200 marks.

    4. Examinations should be completed within a three hour session.

    5. For Nectar of Devotion, only the first 19 chapters are considered for the exam.

    The closed-book exam grades of each module will be updated within three weeks after the closed-book exam is over.

    Short Answer Questions:

    1. An individual should be able to write his/her answer to a short answer question within 1-2 minutes. This means an answer should not require more than three sentences.

    2. Short answer questions should cover, in a balanced fashion, all sections of the required books.

    3. Short answer questions should be balanced between essential facts, key concepts, and analogies.

    Essential Facts:
    Shastra (scriptures) inform us of essential facts, such as those related to the Lord’s activities, the activities of His devotees, the organization of the universe, the different yoga systems, the structure of Vedic society, qualifications for an individual to become spiritually advanced, etc.
    Devotees should know these essential facts.

    Key Concepts:
    Devotees should know the philosophical concepts which form the basis of Krishna consciousness, such as the transcendental nature of the soul, the law of karma, the influence of the modes of nature, the process and development of bhakti, the purpose of creation, the qualities and opulence of the Supreme Lord, etc.

    Analogies:
    Srila Prabhupada and our great acaryas have taught via analogies, which help us understand new concepts indirectly. We should know and be able to explain these analogies. Some examples are; the analogy of the man lost in the middle of the ocean, of the sun rising on the horizon, of the mailbox, of the eggs of the scorpion, of the green bird in the green tree, etc.

    Essay Questions:
    An individual should be able to write his/her answer to each essay question within 20- 25 minutes. This means an essay question should not require an answer of more than 150 words.

    Required verses:
    1. Candidates are required to learn a minimum of 47 verses.
    The list of verses is provided in the miscellaneous course material.

    2. Candidates are required to write the transliterated Sanskrit of all required verses.
    Correct use of diacritic marks is not mandatory.
    Candidates shall also be required to write a translation that contains each main concept of the verse.
    An exact, literal, “book translation” is not required.

     

    Final grade formulae for BS modules

    All formulae for Bhakti Shastri Gradebook

    The final grades of Bhakti Shastri modules are calculated as follows,

    M – total of Multiple-Choice Questions
    O – total of Open Book Assignments
    C – total of Closed Book Exam

    M has 15 % weightage
    O has 40 % weightage
    C has 45 % weightage

    (Final grade is not an average of M, O, C)

    Formula for ISO (Rev)

    T = 15/348 * M + 40/200 * O + 45/200 * C

    Formula for NOI (Rev)

    T = 15/165 * M + 40/240 * O + 45/200 * C

    Formula for BG 1 (Rev)

    T = 15/125 * M + 40/200 * O + 45/200 * C

    Formula for BG 2 (Rev)

    T = 15/236 * M + 40/200 * O + 45/200 * C

    Formula for BG 3 (Rev)

    T = 15/200 * M + 40/140 * O + 45/200 * C

    Formula for NOD (Rev)

    T = 15/267 * M + 40/200 * O + 45/200 * C

     

    Scoring system:

    For each module the grades are calculated as follows.

    MCQs : 15%

    Open book assignments: 40%

    Closed book exams: 45%

    You will be considered to have passed the module if you get at least 65% marks.

    (The grade for each module will appear in the grade book within three weeks after the closed book exam is over.)

    A student will be considered to have passed the module if he gets at least 65% marks.
    If somebody has scored less than 65%, he/she will be given a second chance.

     

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