The National Testing Agency (NTA) announced the results of the second Common University Entrance Test, Undergraduate (CUET UG) Saturday, July 15.

As per reports around 2,28,398 students had registered on the CSAS portal, and from that around 1,67,940 submitted their applications for the UG seats on offer. Currently, there are 71,000 UG seats available spanning over 78 programmes in 68 Delhi University colleges.

The normalisation process comes from the CUET UG itself being held in different shifts, which means exams for the same subject can be held on different days and in different sessions thus affecting the difficulty level and raw score of students from each session. In order to put all students on the same footing, the normalisation process was introduced where the score of each student comes from an ‘equi-percentile method’.

As per News18, “By comparing each candidate’s raw score to the scores of other candidates taking the same exam, the percentile for each candidate is determined using this method. This is carried out for each session of the same subject across several days. After that, these percentiles are equalized and changed into normalized marks. Sessions with fewer candidates are combined with sessions with more candidates.”

A senior NTA official also added that due to differing levels of exam, it’s possible for two students to have the same percentile but different marks, in that situation “Now, how do you compare these two students? Although both have the same percentile, one student has 58 marks and the other has 70. So, here, we used the equipercentile method to normalize the marks to bring difficulty levels across the sessions on the same scale. That will give you the normalized score.”

Students Not Happy With Result

Some students it seems though are not happy with their results from the CUET UG exam, especially after the ‘normalisation process’.

As per an Indian Express report, 18-year-old Rishita Singh who wants to do her BA (Hons) from Delhi University (DU) said that her exam score was lower due to this new process “The score that I calculated on the basis of the final answer key was way more. My raw score was 776 (out of 800) which has been reduced to 705 and this leaves me with little chance of getting into the desired colleges of Delhi University.”

She further added that “It is utterly unfair, and a luck-based performance in the name of providing a level playing field. None of the people I know have benefitted from normalsation. People who score 50 points less than me are 5 points ahead of me, after this unfair process.”

Another potential student Ashwina Asthana, planning to do her BA (Hons) in Economics from DU said that “I know several others like me who appeared for the CUET UG exam, and while some of us had difficult exams, there were others who appeared for shifts with moderate difficulty levels. But how is that our fault?

My marks have been reduced by 40-50 points and that can cost me a seat at my desired institute in Delhi University. It is purely about who is lucky enough to get the rare chance to have his/her score increased, but others like me have suffered.”

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Twitter user @AakashS61479531 also tweeted out saying “What a great calculation done by NTA. In CUET UG Exams my Raw Score ( on the basis of NTA Ans Key ) was something like 642-648 . But they’ve reduced it to 525 . It’s really bad @DG_NTA , @ugc_india for a general Candidate. I don’t know why but it’s very unfair with me.”

User @mundrasunidhi24 also wrote of a similar issue “Cuet results were declared today. The normalisation process knocked down my score by 80+ marks. The shifts were allocated to us by nta. It’s not exactly the candidate’s fault if the difficulty of that shift’s paper was lower/higher than other shifts.”

Twitter user @urbii0301 on 16th July posted “#/CUETUG2023 #/CUET #/cuetresult Read how unfair can NTA do to us, who are the future of the country!! @/DG_NTA”.

However, UGC chief, M Jagadesh Kumar defended the process and claimed that the test creates a “level playing field” for students.

Speaking with The Indian Express he said “First, we must remember that in a given discipline, we were required to conduct CUET in multiple shifts in a subject due to the large number of students participating in the test. For example, if the exam is in economics, NTA experts prepare multiple economics papers for use in different shifts.

Despite our best efforts, the difficulty level of each paper will slightly differ from the other. Therefore, one needs to use normalised scores instead of obtained scores by a student.

For this purpose, we use a scientific method called the equi-percentile method for normalising the difficulty level across different shifts. In the process, the normalised scores for some students will be less than the obtained score; for others, it may increase.”

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Sources: The Indian Express, News18, Hindustan Times

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