Gauhati University open textbook examination

Gauhati University Open Textbook Examination 2021

Gauhati University is going to conduct Open Textbook Examination for the Under-graduate and Post-graduate students. Read this article to get the full notifications, process of examination and the procedure to write and submit the answer scripts.

What is Open Textbook Examination?

Gauhati University open textbook examination

The Open Text Book Examination (OTBE) or Open Book Examination (OBE) is an examination, where a student is allowed to consult books (or study materials) while writing the answers. For all other aspects, the OTBE or OBE is similar to a traditional examination. It will also have a limited time schedule within which the student needs to write the answers and submit the answer script.

Postgraduate Examinations

Except Assamese and Bengali, postgraduate examinations of all other subjects will be conducted by the respective PG departments of GU. All PG examinee (except Assamese and Bengali) are hereby requested to contact their respective departments regarding their examinations. The schedule of such examinations can be found in GU’s General Notification Portal and Examination Notification Portal.

Salient Features of the OTBE-2021

1. The examinations in this session will be an OTBE which will be held online.
ONLY Theory Part of the examination will held now. Details about Practical Examinations will be notified later. Besides, the duration of various examinations will be published with the respective examination schedules.

2. There WILL NOT be any offline OR physical facility during the whole process of examination. All processes including downloading of question papers and uploading of answer scripts will ONLY be available in the online mode.

3. All students have to equip themselves with proper equipment with sufficient network connectivity bandwidth and data pack so as to comfortably complete the OTBE within the stipulated time. It is extremely imortant to note that the university will NOT entertain any complaint in this regard.

4. The university will provide a Practice Examination Session for the students to rehearse the entire procedure before the actual examination starts.

The Examination Procedure

Following are the steps which a student will need to follow in order to appear in the OTBE. The detailed date and respective online links will be published in due course of time.

Prior to the OTBE-2021

1. The student will need to update his / her mobile number through the IUMS .

2. The student is advised to visit the Practice OTBE portal for a rehearsal of the whole process.

On the day of the OTBE-2021

1. The student will need to login to the examination portal using certain credentials.


2. The student then downloads the respective question paper on his / her device.


3. The student needs to write the answers using a pen on A4 sheets (for details please see this page) of paper (please also see the limitations on size of the scanned answer sheets to be uploaded).


4. The student then scans the answer sheets and convert the scanned pages to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file using advised procedure (see below to know how).


5. At the end of the examination, the students upload the scanned PDF file(s) to the examination portal.


The upload facility open after half an hour of the commencement of the examination and will remain open up to one hour after the end of the examination.

The Question Paper of OTBE-2021

The marks for a question paper for OTBE-2021 will be 70% of the equivalent respective offline or physical question paper (or traditional). For example, if otherwise a question paper has a total marks of 100, the respective question paper for OTBE-2021 will be held for 70 marks. However, it is important to note that the question paper will cover full syllabus of the subject.

During the OTBE-2021, in a question paper, there will be some questions, to answer which the student will require proper understanding of the subject.

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