JEE Main 2019 | Here’s Why NTA Prefers Normalisation of Marks & What It Means

JEE Main 2019 rank calculation methodology based on normalised scores and percentile criteria by NTA available online. Know more here.

JEE Main 2019 exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) this time. NTA shall hold JEE Main 2019 exam in two phases, one in January and other in April. Applicants of JEE Main 2019 can check the details about the upcoming exams on official website of the authorities online. For complete details about the JEE Main 2019 examination schedule, timings and shift details, check out Joint Entrance Exam website –

NTA has also brought major changes in the rank calculation method for candidates based on JEE Main 2019. Read on to know details about the percentile criteria and normalised scores for calculating JEE Main 2019 ranks.

JEE Main 2019 | Here’s Why NTA Calculates Normalised Marks Based on Percentile Criteria

NTA will conduct JEE Main 2019 in various shifts stretching over many days. The first phase of JEE Main 2019 in January commences from Jan 6th till Jan 20th. Applicants have an option to choose from various slots to appear for the JEE Main January 2019 exam. The test will be conducted in 8 shifts.

Although, authorities try and ensure that such tests are of same difficulty level. There are major chances that candidates end up facing discrepancy due to varied difficulty levels in the JEE Main 2019 due to multiple shifts. In order to justify a candidates’ efforts and ensure that they compete with others on the basis of same difficulty level, NTA decided to normalise the scores of candidates.

JEE Main 2019 | What is Normalised or Z-Score & How is it Calculated

Normalised scores are calculated based on percentile of the candidate. A candidate might have obtained 85% in the test but still his percentile could be 100. This is based on a model that total number of candidates appearing for the exam will compete against each other only. If a candidate obtains 85 marks and rest of them scored less than his score, the candidates’ percentile automatically shoots up to 100.

This way, percentile criteria will be used and normalised scores will be evaluated. Based on the Z-Scores or normalised marks, candidates will compete in a fair manner. NTA would further compute ranks on the basis of this normalised score. Also, candidates need to acknowledge that ranks will be out when both the phases of the JEE Main 2019 will be over.

For more details about JEE Main 2019 exams and rank calculation based on normalised scores, check out the official website of the Joint Entrance Examination online. We wish aspirants of JEE Main 2019, all the best.


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