New Delhi: After the results of the Common University Entrance Test are declared, UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar on Friday said universities will prepare rank lists for undergraduate admissions on the basis of “normalized” marks and not percentile or “raw marks”. on the basis of.
Kumar told PTI-language that the marks have been normalized to provide equal opportunities to the students appearing in the same subject on different days or in different shifts. The results for the first edition of Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG were declared on the first day.
“The rank list will be prepared by the universities using the normalized NTA (National Testing Agency) scores and not on the basis of percentage. The scores have been normalized to provide a level playing field to the students as they have scored on different days. I had written the exam in only one subject,” Kumar said.
“The normalization of CUET scores has been done for each subject separately for which the exam was conducted in multiple shifts,” he said. Also read- World Ozone Day 2022: Know everything about the subject, history and its importance
The normalization formula using the “Equipercentile Method” has been decided by a panel of professors from the Indian Statistical Institute, IIT Delhi and University of Delhi.
Kumar said, “How can we compare the performance of different students on a similar scale without normalizing? We need to ensure that admissions are made on the basis of a score that accurately compares the performance of the students. ”
“Unlike CUET-UG, other entrance examinations are limited to fewer subjects. In single session entrance examinations, a common statistically established method is used to convert the raw scores into a more uniform scale using the percentile method So that the performance of the students can be compared to each other.
“But in entrance exams like CUET-UG, since the exam is conducted on different days and in multiple sessions for the same subject, it will lead to multiple percentages for each group of students,” he said. Also Read – CUET UG 2022 Result Declared, Over 19000 Candidates Scored 100 Percentile
The UGC chief explained that another problem with using only percentiles is that some universities give some importance to the skill component in subjects like sports or fine arts.
“But the raw marks in the skill component and the remaining weightage of the percentile cannot be used to prepare the rank list as it would be like adding oranges to apples.
He said, “The solution to this situation is the use of a method called Equipercentile method. In this method, the percentage for each candidate is calculated using the raw marks of the candidate as compared to the raw scores of others in the same session.”
According to Kumar, these percentiles are again equated and converted into normalized scores. For sessions with fewer candidates, these are combined with larger sessions.
“In the Equipercentile method, we use the same scale for all the candidates based on the session in which they appeared for a given subject, making their performance comparable across all sessions. Also read- Schools will remain closed in Lucknow due to heavy rains, waterlogging
Kumar explained, “These normalized scores of candidates obtained using the Equipercentile method in different sessions in a given subject can be used in the same way as we use the raw scores of the traditional single session examination.”