I still remember the words of one of my friend of BIT Sindri, (my undergraduate college) -"If she will know that some Professor will give 5 marks for attending some meeting/class, she will come back in the mid of her vacation days at home. A whole night route of 350kms will rarely matter". My friend has told some thing generic, applicable to many students and believe me marks(in exam) and grades are the most happening thing for many of the students of at least India. I remember one great incident. It was our ragging period. Some one told all students of our batch that you can get some question related matters at local market. This local market was almost 1.5km away from our hostel and was full of ultimate danger -- seniors. But, oh! god marks, many students went to market. Finally it was found that it was a game played by some of the seniors. I simply cannot enumerate all stories linked with marks.
In my whole life I got 0 marks once in my class 4th, in Science paper. Next time in the internal examination of Basic Electrical Engineering paper I got 4. In both cases I slept quite well in night and did not discuss with friends about paper. Lot of saving and accumulation of energy! Once for Digital Electronics paper I slept for only 3 hours in night (it was the first time in my life that I awake till 1AM for studies) and when I was writinng papers I was really cofused. I think I got trapped in the Marks jungle. If Government of India tells its employees that they will award them Rs.1000/month or deduct the same amount if they will get (or not get) 'A' grade in an examination paper conducted on the basis of their work matters, do you know what will happen, everyone will start working less, everyone will start mugging last year papers, a publisher will come up with exam guide and yes one night game (a phenomenon of studying whole book, even complete Bible/Geeta(all shlokas)/Kuran/..., in one night) will eventually get started. The punchline sometimes becomes (as my friend Manish at BIT said) -- whatsoever be the Question, answer will be something that I memorised. Believe me, in many cases the term teacher will become a dictionary extras if there will be no Marks/Grade issue. Perhaps this is exaggeration but can you try it ? Can the Government or VC's try it ?
End -- In a free e-book called "Theory of Probability", they say that marks of a student can be modelled based on Markov chain. My request to the Author(or who is modelling) is to limit the size of solution for this method, so that it can be mugged in 20 minutes (still too much) in night before examination(if there is good chance that it will come in examination.)