NTA revived the Normalization in JEE Main 2019 – 7 Things to Know

JEE Mains 2019 will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). The application forms will be available to candidates to download from 1st September 2018 on its official website. JEE Main admit Card for 2019 will be issued by NTA on December 17, 2018 on the official website of JEE. It would comprise details of the center allotted, exam dates and personal details of the candidate.

According to the changes brought about by NTA, the examinations will be held twice a year, first in January and Second in April. Considering the revision in the conduct of examination, there are still few doubts lingering in minds of candidates. One of the doubts happens to be how will the scores be calculated?

1. Why is Normalization of JEE Main 2019 score done?

Since the entrance examination will be conducted in multiple sessions and shifts, along with different question paper set given in each shift, the level of difficulty in each ranks the paramount. In order to ease the students out of this doubt and clear their difficulty, National Testing Agency or NTA has revived the Normalization in JEE Main 2019 through its “Normalization procedure based on Percentile Score”.

2. What is Normalization procedure?

Irrespective of taking all measures in order to maintain the equivalence of question paper, the chances of all candidates receiving the same type of question paper is very less. Considering the fact that, some candidates may receive a tougher paper in comparison to another, the likelihood of such students scoring lesser marks than others also lurks high. Thus, with the view of overcoming such a tough situation, NTA has come up with the “Normalization procedure based on Percentile Score” process. Through this process, it has ensured that no candidate is on the disadvantage side nor are anyone benefited over others due to the difficulty level of question paper.

3. Details about the procedure

As this revived procedure of NTA is to ease out the difficulty and benefit every candidate is quite new and tricky, herein we are providing important details that will help the students understand better.


4. Calculation of Percentile

The Normalization process is carried out on the basis of percentile score which is calculated through the following method:

  • Student’s percentile score = (100 X Total number of students who have appeared for the session with the raw score equal or less than the candidate’s score divided by the Total number of candidates who have appeared in the session.

Herein Raw score signifies the score stands for the marks given to each question i.e. +4 for the correct answer and -1 for the wrong response. Furthermore, session implies to the session which is probably 2 per day conducted in multiple session. The session of the candidates is the shift they attempt their examination in.

5. In order to simplify the process, here is an example:

In case the total number of students appearing for a session is 200 and the raw score of a particular student is 300 in the exam. Further, let's consider, the number of students has scored equal to or less than a raw score of 300, the percentile of the student will be calculated in the following way:

Candidate’s percentile score = (100 X 100) / 200. The result is 50.00. Thus, 50 will be the percentile score of the candidate in JEE Main 2019.

6. Other details

  • The number of candidates scoring less than or equal to your score will range from a particular candidate’s score to that of the lowest score acquired in the exam session.
  • The scores will be calculated up to 7 decimal points in order to avoid the situation of a tie.

Thus, NTA through their revived normalization procedure has ensured the final percentage is unaffected by the difficulty level and all candidates are treated unbiased pertaining to the multiple sessions and different sets of question papers.

7. Preparation of result by NTA based on Normalized scores

After the calculation of percentile in the examination, the scores will be further calculated for assigning ranks in All India Rank List. This is done in the following way:

  • In case the candidate has appeared for both the sessions i.e. January and April Session, the percentile score acquired in both the shift will be calculated. However, the highest percentile will be considered for AIR.
  • In case the candidate has appeared for only one session, then the final session will be based on the attempted session only.
  • In case two or more candidates have acquired the same percentile, a tie-breaking will be done wherein the score obtained in each subject will be calculated individually.
  • Candidates who are older in age will be preferred over the younger ones in case of a tiebreaker.

The rules and revision for Normalization of scores are brought about the NTA to ease of the students from the worry surrounding the examination as well as offer a fair judgment for each student irrespective of other factors involved.

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