CUET UG Result 2023: Marks Confusing? What comes next once you can read a scorecard?
The second edition of the Common University Entrance Test for Undergraduate Admissions (CUET-UG) results were made public by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Saturday, opening the door for the start of undergraduate admissions at the 249 participating universities.
2023 CUET UG: Which score—normalized or percentile—matters more for admissions? understanding how to interpret scorecards The HT Archive
Percentiles and “normalized scores” on the scorecards given to the students have led to misunderstandings regarding the precise criteria used to determine admissions and how they were determined. How the NTA scored the students is described by HT, along with the ensuing events.
How are the scorecards to be read?
The NTA issues scorecards that include the students’ percentile and
“Normalised score” While the percentile indicates where a student stands among other students, the normalized scores are exactly like the grades one receives.
If a candidate’s percentile, for instance, is 95, it means that 95 persons scored lower than that candidate did. The individual may have scored 62 out of 100, making his or her percentile 95.
However, only a “normalized score” will be taken into consideration for university admissions.
A normalized score is what? How is it calculated by the NTA?
The NTA has normalized the scores in order to statistically remove any bias caused by the fact that the exam was administered over a number of days and sessions and that students took the same subjects in various shifts with various questions.
Differential levels of difficulty between these shifts were used to ensure that all students’ performance was equivalent, regardless of the particular questions they chose to tackle.
By considering the percentiles of each group of students in a given session across several days for the same subject, the NTA’s “equi-percentile method” determines the normalized grades of each candidate.
A senior NTA official explained the procedure, stating that it is feasible for students in the same percentile to have received drastically different marks due to the variance in question paper difficulty levels between shifts. How would you contrast these two students, then? The two students are in the same percentile, yet one has 58 and the other has 70. Consequently, we here normalized the data using the equipercentile approach.
marks to balance out the sessions’ varying degrees of difficulty. You’ll receive the normalized score as a result, the official explained.
Why do some pupils have reservations about normalized scores?
Some students claim that the raw marks they calculated using answer keys are higher than their normalized scores.
University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson M. Jagadesh Kumar provided an explanation for this discrepancy by stating that a total of 841 sets of examination papers were distributed throughout 34 days and 93 Shifts.
“The difficulty level of the question papers will vary if the test in a given subject is administered in various shifts. The tests are administered for the same subject in many sessions and on various days, therefore
will result in several percentiles being calculated for each set of pupils. It will be difficult to compare their performance using just percentiles or raw scores. This issue can be resolved by applying a technique known as the equipercentile method. In this method, the percentiles of each group of students in a particular session across many days for the same subject are used to calculate the normalized marks of each candidate. As a result, a student’s raw scores may not match the normalized score, he explained.
“The equipercentile technique, which is a scientific methodology, makes applicants’ performance similar across sessions by using the same scale for all candidates regardless of the session in which they have presented in a specific subject. Universities may utilize these standardized scores in the same manner as we do.
the raw scores from a typical single-session exam to create admissions merit lists,” he continued.
What is the next step for students?
The participating universities have already received the students’ normalized test scores from the NTA. These scores will now be used by these universities to begin their admissions process and publish merit lists. The registration procedure has already begun at several universities, such as Delhi University and Banaras Hindu University. The NTA has recommended students look out for additional information on the websites of the universities where they have registered.
CUET admissions common counseling is not currently offered by the NTA. However, it is investigating the prospect of having common counseling for all UG admissions to central universities. A system like this would offer a single point of contact for admissions, thus rather than submitting separate applications to several CUs, students can express their preferences on a single webpage. We’ll take steps to fill every seat. The UGC chairperson announced that the academic sessions in every CU would be coordinated.