Examination is a test of what one has learnt in the past. It tries to find out the depth of knowledge of the examinee through an organized test. It helps one to recapitulate his depth of knowledge.
It is not always true that by an examination one’s actual merit or demerit can be judged, because the system being a screening medium, everything cannot be correctly ascertained from a candidate’s answers, just by putting a few selected questions in the test. Success or failure in examinations is known as the common standard of judging one’s merit; but how far it is true is matter of doubt.
Examinations can, however, reveal to some extent the amount of industry, application and perseverance that student has undertaken.
– Bipasha Mukherjee.