Number of Backlogs = Number of Attempts or Number of Fail Grades in Subjects

I am a big fan of Happy School, I would like to thank you for  providing very valuable information. i have a doubt in counting the number of backlogs (I referred to lots of sites but finally got confused).

No of backlogs = No of attempts or No of Failed subjects.

Please send me a reply or post it. After referring a lot of sites I feel that maybe others could have the same doubt.

What is  Backlog (related to the exam)

Backlogs refers to a failed exam in a semester. Its equivalent grade is “F” in the US Education system. Other terms used that refers to backlogs are

  • Arrears
  • KTs
  • F Grade

Correct answer to your question:

  • Number of Backlogs = Number of Failed Subjects.


  • Fail Grade in two subjects and took 3 attempts per subject to pass the exam. So, total backlogs will count as 2. Not 6.
  • Subject Failed 3 (Attempt 1 for Subject 1, Attempt 2 for Subject 2, Attempts 3 for Subject 3). Total Backlogs is still 3.

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  1. You have only 3 backlog, since you were failed in 3 subjects. Number of Subjects counted not the attempts

  2. How do US universities count backlogs? Is it same as u mentioned above or no. of backlogs = no. of attempts?

  3. iam currently in 8th sem and I received an offer letter from a Canadian university but I got a backlog in 7th sem which I will be clearing in june-july, so I wanted to know if this will affect my offer letter or my visa process?

  4. my us counsellor said if i had to attempt for a subjects for 3 times then there are 3 backlogs not 1 is it true?

  5. Sir is it true ???…
    For canada number of attempts are equal to number of backlogs (in whlie applying Universities for masters.

  6. Hello,
    For one full semester B Com exam (7 subjects) I didn’t appear for any subjects, as I had to take CPT exams, which fell on the same week. In the next semester I took both the Semester exams, and I have passed in First class in both semesters. The certificate is mentioning that I am absent for all the courses (ABSENT) and result mentions REAPPEAR. Now, is this considered a backlog? Please let me know. This is for Australian Universities.

  7. I am pass in all subject but i fail in one subject in 4th semester and after 5 attmept i m dont clearing my one subject after 6yr in my diploma clearing period so what can i do if i fail in my last attmept .plz reply me

  8. How to calculate backlogs?
    3rd sem 3 backlogs
    1st attempt m a 2 solved 1 left
    2nd attempt ma 1 left
    3rd attempt ma 1 left
    4th attempt ma 1 solve thy gayi
    How many backlogs i have
    Few say u hv 6
    Some say u hv 4 confusion

  9. i still not got how to calculate backlogs!!
    if i got failed in 1 subject and cleared it in 3 attempts then how many backlogs do i have???

  10. i had 4 subject arrier claer the next sem but 1 sub was after sem so i was wrote 2times in one paper total how many backlog for me?

  11. hi actually i have backlog 2012 mathematics paper 4 attempts over still how many attempts are there whether i have a chance to write exam now

  12. I had an arrear in my first semester. I cleared it in my final semester. May I know the number of backlogs?

  13. hey admin!!

    so does backlog means number of backs you have uncleared till date or number of backs you had whether you cleared it or not??

    *Backs means subject you failed in!!

      1. If you absent in Exams will it count backlog?
        In Memo its mentioned ABS—- Resukt —-F

        What’s your answer sir?

        1. Different universities have their own rules for such cases. please contact the university for more clearance.

  14. i had a arrear in 4th sem. But i cleared it now. I have applied for one one. Ther are asking the people who have not back log papers. Please help me whether i am eligible or not

  15. Hi

    I have completed my MCA.
    I failed in 2 subjects, one in 3rd semester and one in 4th semester but i have completed in next successive attempt.
    So as i have cleared all my subjects and got first class with distinction in my provisional certification.
    so does this mean i have backlog.
    Please clarify my doubt as i have to attend in interview and they are asking for no backlogs.

  16. I’m a passed out student bacth2008-2011 ..but i have arrear ,but my doubt is can i clear tat paper in supplementary exam 2012….

  17. Hello

    I have failed in 3 subjects in regular exam and i have passed in my 2 subjects in supplementary.Is that they consider for 4 backlogs with supplementary.

  18. HSB are you sure about this…it’s cause i have enquired the same from an Infosys HR personell, and he told me if at the time of appointment/admission you should not have any subjects left uncleared…

    well, what you said is the case, then tell me, isnt this really outrageous, that i was down with chickenpox during my 1st sem exams and had to miss 3 of the theory and all the practicals, after that sem ive cleared all with a good percentage… now why should those be considered backlogs, even when i had nothing to do with it!!

    1. I think backlog means which u failed .not absent .U can say I doesnt have backlog .but I was absent so I have appeared later on to clear .
      U can frame this true sentence in more positive way .

      1. For visa interview one can say I had so and so backlogs ,but i had cleared all of them or i had cleared with good score ,or there are many other convinciable answer that u can say .

        One of my cousin was asked by VO that ‘u have less toefl score (around 78/120)’,she replied but I have good academic score ‘ and she got visa .

        Similarly , there are many thing which u are good in that .u can focus on that and say to visa officer or can convince to VO.

  19. hello HSB,

    Sir, I have one important question…and please do reply to it.

    in my univ, M.D.U. rohtak, they don't mention about backlogs. I mean one you clear ur semester, you can calculate the no of backlogs just by checking out the transcript, though I have 9 backlogs till sem 5th. but it is not mentioned in my trancripts(no F's no *'s) so how do US univs find it????

    please reply.

    I am in great confusion about it.

      1. if anyone reappear for exam ,then he or she will get new result and in this new result new (exam appeared ) date is mentioned.

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