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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Calculation of Difficulty Index of Soft tissue Spotters in Anatomy: An Advance, Novel Method of Assessment in University Examination, A Cross Sectional Study at GMC Jagdalpur Chhattisgarh

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Author Details: Ansari Mohammad Mujahid, Ovhal Anjalee, Khan M Ashraf, Zargar R K

Volume : 2

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 190

Article End Page : 198


Examination is an official test that shows the knowledge and ability in a particular subject. Spotting method of soft tissue of first MBBS student seems to be better   than viva form of practical examination. This method of assessment is very easy, simple, less time consuming and an effective method in both formative as well as summative assessment of first MBBS students. This study was conducted on spotting answers of first MBBS 2013-14 batch preuniversity examination in dept. of Anatomy at LSBRKM Govt. Medical College Jagdalpur (C.G.) 50 students of 1stMBBS and 40 spotting questions were selected. Every day 20 questions were kept region wise like extremities-6, Abdomen-5, Thorax-4 and HNF-5 i.e. 20 Questions= 20 marks. Each questions consists of two component. First component of question was concerned with identification (Knowledge) and other component was related with skill and clinical correlate. After using appropriate formulas and software difficulty index were calculated for each questions and their component. Spotting answers >70% correct were easy, <30% correct were difficult. Questions were ranging from Difficult, Good and Easy i.e.00-0.33, 0.34-0.67 and 0.68 to 1.00 respectively. After final calculation it has been found that 16 questions were difficult, 15 questions were good and 09 questions were easy i.e Most of the items were of acceptable (Good) difficulty index (45% to 50%). Easy spotting questions were in reasonable amount (15% to 20%) but difficult questions were also there around 40% to 45%. There were 5% to 10% questions of poor quality which can be improved or should be deleted from question bank.

Examination, Assessment, Spotting, Skill, Clinical correlate, Knowledge, Difficulty index.