Im sure many people already know what ATKT means, but for students who are in junior college and high school and who do not know the ATKT Full Form , they haven’t yet had the chance to get acquainted with ATKTs. Some people joke that the full form of ATKT is “after trying, keep trying”. This maybe true in Indian Engineering Colleges that have some of the toughest courses in the world. (trust me, i have lived through one of them). Its common for engineering students to appear for an exam more than twice,or thrice. Most universities in India use the ATKT system after 10+2 for Bachelors courses and ATKT is a short form for “Allowed to keep term”. For all courses (Architecture,B.Com,Bsc etc) the ATKT Rules differ depending on the number of subjects in the semester/year and the ease of the course.For example in first year BSc ( FYBsc), there are 6 subjects in the year , and the ATKT rule is 2. Which means if you fail in more than 2 subjects. you will fail the year, but upto any two subjects can be given again until you have successfully passed in them.In engineering, since the number of subjects are more and the level of education is more difficult, the number of ATKTs is 5 for most years.
Note that in some courses there is a maximum number of tries for the ATKT also, and you cannot keep giving a paper hundred times till you clear it. Also there are some courses that/streams that hav a rule to clear all previous ATKTs before advancing to te final year.For example in a four year engineering course, when you reach the final year, you cannot have any ATKTs of the first or second year, otherwise you wont get admission to the final year until you clear those.