Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Being away from college without a valid reason is called absenteeism. Absenteeism refers to a student’s intentional or habitual absence from work. Pre-exam absenteeism is being absent just before the examinations. Most of the students bunk classes a day prior to the examinations to cover the portion at the last minute. The present study was undertaken to observe the impact of pre-exam absenteeism on academic performance among first year BDS students. Hundred and one first-year BDS students were recruited in the present study. The students who were absent a day prior to the examination were grouped as absentees. Their internal marks in all the subjects were collected and compared. Marks obtained by the presenters were significantly higher in Anatomy (P

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