JEE Main Merit List to Be Based on Percentile Score; Not Raw Marks

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According to a report, the merit list of JEE Main is going to be prepared on the basis of percentiles and not on the raw marks. As reported to The Times of India by an HRD Ministry official, this system will be implemented from 2019 onwards in an attempt to normalize the scores. It has been assumed that the percentile scoring system to be used in JEE Main is going to be equivalent to that of the format used in the MBBS tests at the undergraduate level, conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.

The JEE Main is held for the purpose of evaluating the aptitude of the candidates aspiring to get admitted to the engineering courses offered by the engineering institutes of India. Since the exam will be held twice a year, it has been announced that the proposed percentile marking system will begin with the first test of 2019 itself.

According to the report of The Times of India, it is due to an announcement of the National Testing Agency that stated that a new procedure of scoring should be introduced in order to arrive at the NTA score. According to that senior official of the HRD ministry, the percentile scoring system is going to establish that “normalizing procedure”. The process is still under further research and a group of experts from various IITs of India has been given the duty of finalizing the entire scoring process.

The percentile score for each session of the exam will be based on the corresponding performance of the examinee in that specific shift. That is why the percentile score of each session will be considered at an average.

The NTA score will be counted in several steps. Each one session will have its NTA percentile score. This indicates that the highest scorer of each session will get the similar percentile of 100 and marks achieved in between the highest and the lowest scores are changed into proper percentiles. In that case, with the exception of the general percentile, subject-wise (mathematics, physics, and chemistry) percentile scores will be evaluated as well. With the purpose of passing up a clustering outcome and trim down tied scores, the percentile scores will be estimated up to seven decimal places.

As a final point, each and every percentile scores of diverse sessions will be joined together in a single list and the merit and ranking, taken as a whole, will be published on the basis of percentile score in the downward order. In case of two or more contenders getting one and the same percentile, the “inter-se (among themselves)” merit will be settled on in order of candidates securing higher percentile score in mathematics, after that physics, chemistry and at last the aspirant older in age. If there is still a tie subsequent to this, the candidates will be granted a combined rank.

The entire procedure, according to the NTA official, is separated into three steps, namely: the allocation of examinees in the sessions at random in order that each session gets more or less the same number of candidates, preparation of results for every session and in conclusion, assemblage of the NTA score and set up the general merit/rank list.

The idea in the wake of this appears to be that because the JEE will be held two times a year, exams could be tougher than others, which implies that students appearing for those exams may perhaps experience a tougher group of questions and as a result attain lower raw marks. The percentile system may well potentially be brought into play to help overcome the gap between the scores obtained for dissimilar JEE exam complexities.



Harsh Vardhan

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