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Grading System of Universities in Nepal

Written by Roshan Bhattarai · 3 min read >

The traditional percentage system has been converted into a Grading system in most Nepalese Universities. The grading system is way different than the percentage system. Here in this article, you will find everything you need to know about the grading system of Universities in Nepal. Also, here is a brief comparison of the grades with percentage values to help talk about the grading system of universities in Nepal.

Grading System of Universities in Nepal

In this article, we will be talking about the grading system of the top and most popular universities in Nepal. Also, you can click here to find out more about the Grading System of Schools.

Tribhuvan University
Kathmandu University
Pokhara University
Purwanchal University

1. Tribhuvan University

First, let us talk about the Tribhuvan University grading system. Tribhuvan University is the oldest and largest university in Nepal. Moreover, the university was named after the late King Tribhuvan.

Image Source: Tribhuvan University

In its early years, all the postgraduate classes were held at the Tripureshwor campus. The administrative office was also located in Tripureshwor.

The marks of the final examination at the end of the semester will be 50% (Grade point 2.7). Students securing 50% or (Grade point 2.7) in the individual papers must secure Grade ‘B’ or Grade ‘CGPA’ 3.0 or 60% to pass the semester examination. 

For the students enrolled in the academic year 2074/75 (2017) Make up Examination will be held in the semester cycle, but for the students who failed only in 2 subjects in the 8th-semester makeup, the examination will be held. 

Students who failed to pass the internal evaluation examination won’t be allowed to sit in the final examination. 

Tribhuvan University has also started a new Grade CGPA from the academic year 2074/75.

GradeGPACGPAMarks Obtained in PercentageRemarks
A4.04.0090% &aboveDistinction
A-3.73.70-3.9980-89.9%Very Good
B+3.33.30-3.6970-79.9%First Division
B3.03.00-3.2960-69%Second Division
B-2.72.70-2.9950-59.9%Pass in Individual Paper
F2.70Below 2.70Below 50%Fail

2. Kathmandu University

Image Source: Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University (KU) is an autonomous, not-for-profit, self-funding public institution. It was established by an Act of Parliament in December 1991.

Further, it is an institution of higher learning dedicated to maintaining the standard of academic excellence. During the study, the performance of the student is continuously accessed through in-semester and end-semester evaluations.

Several evaluation criteria such as class participation, term papers, tests, etc. They are used for the continuous in-semester evaluation & end-semester examination and defense of the dissertation.

Evaluation of Undergraduate Program

GradeAA-B+BB-C+CC-DF
Grade point43.73.33.02.72.32.01.71.00
Marks80-10075-7965-6960-6455-5950-5945-4945-4940-44<40

Evaluation for Graduate and Post Graduate Programs

GradeAA-B+BB-C+CF
Grade point43.73.33.02.72.32.00
marks90-10080-8975-7970-7465-6956-6450-55<50

3. Pokhara University

Pokhara University is the next university on our list. It is a well-known university in Nepal. Nepal embraced the multi-university system in 1983. Though it was first established in 1986, the Pokhara University Act was not approved until 1997.

Image Source: Pokhara University

The chancellor and Pro-chancellor are the current Honorable Prime Minister and the Honorable Minister for Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, respectively. The Vice-chancellor, the university’s chief executive officer, is appointed by the chancellor.

Pokhara University follows a four-point letter grade system. Letter grades awarded for the undergraduate and graduate levels are as follows:

Undergraduate Level

Letter GradeHonor Point 
A4.0Excellent
A-3.7
B+3.3
B3.0Good
B-2.7
C+2.3
C2.0Fair
C-1.7
D+1.3
D1.0Work satisfying minimum requirement for credit
F0.0Fail

Graduate Level

Letter GradeHonor Point 
A4.0Excellent
A-3.7
B+3.3Good
B3.0Fair
B-2.7
C+2.3
C2.0Work satisfying minimum requirement for credit.
F0.0Fail

A student’s performance is evaluated in two indices:

a) Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA), which is the grade point average for that semester

b) Cumulative Grade Point Average, which is the grade point average for all semesters combined.

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Normal Criteria for Awarding Final Grade

The following criteria will normally be used to award a grade in each subject based on the cumulative total score on a scale of 0 to 100:

Undergraduate Level

A (90 and above)
A- (85 and above, but below 90)
B+ (80 and above, but below 85)
B (75 and above, but below 80)
B- (70 and above, but below 75)
C+ (65 and above, but below 70)
C (60 and above, but below 65)
C- (55 and above, but below 60)
D+ (50 and above, but below 55)
D (45 and above, but below 50)
F (below 45)

Graduate Level

A (90 and above)
A- (85 and above, but below 90)
B+ (80 and above, but below 85)
B (75 and above, but below 80)
B- (70 and above, but below 75)
C+ (65 and above, but below 70)
C (60 and above, but below 65)
F (below 60)

4. Purwanchal University

Image Source: Purbanchal University

The establishment of Purbanchal University in 1993 was visualized as an extraordinary endeavor by the Government of Nepal to create an academic center of excellence in the Eastern Development Region of Nepal.

Letter Grading System

EQUIVALENT MARKS %LETTER GRADESGRADE VALUEREMARKS
90 and AboveA+4.00
80 and Below 90A3.75
70 and Below 80B.3.50
60 and Below 70B3.00
50 and Below 60C2.50
40 and Below 50D1.75
Below 40F0.00Fail
Not Qualified (NQ)/Absent AbsentIncomplete

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) at the end of the degree defines the division, which will be one of the following:

CGPA DefinitionDivision
3.75First with Excellence
3.50First with Distinction
3.00First Division
2.50Second Division
2.00Pass Division