In order for engineering students to get their degree easily, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has decided to modify the ‘critical year’ and ‘year back’ rules.

Under the new rule, students will be allowed to enter the final year even if they have not managed to clear all their second year exams.  The 2017-18 academic years will mark the implementation of this new rule.

Previously, under the ‘critical year’ and ‘year back’ criteria, which was introduced in 2010, students who failed to clear the first and second semester subjects were not allowed enter the fifth semester.

The VTU also decided to revise the existing internal and theory (20:80 marks ratio) to (40:60). The move is expected to help nearly 20000 candidates.