The National Testing Agency (NTA) Monday announced the results of the post-graduate Common University Entrance Test (CUET) in which the raw scores of the candidates were not put through the ‘normalisation’ filter.
University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson Prof M Jagadesh Kumar said the normalisation formula is used only in cases where an exam is held over multiple days and sessions, like the CUET-UG.
“CUET-PG, for most subjects, was a single session test. There was no requirement to normalise the actual scores of the candidates,” Prof Kumar said.
“Only in the case of a few subjects such as MBA, BEd education and social work, which saw candidates appear over multiple days and sessions, percentile scores were given like in the case of JEE Main. Normalised percentile scores help where the difficulty level of question papers may differ from one session to another,” Kumar said.
The normalisation process ensures equity as it takes into consideration various factors that could lead to one set of students performing better for reasons other than academic competence.
For instance, the difficulty level of a question paper on the same subject may vary from one session to another. But the normalisation process offers a level-playing field.
As many as 66 universities, including 27 run by the Centre, had participated in the entrance for which 6,07,648 registrations were made. However, only a little over half the registered candidates (55.13 per cent) actually appeared in the exam held in two phases between September 1 and 12.
According to the subject-wise list of toppers released by the NTA, political science registered the highest score of 355, while rigveda saw the topper candidate score 66. The maximum score in each subject is 400, with each paper containing 100 questions of four marks each.
Banaras Hindu University received the maximum number of applications (3.53 lakh) for the postgraduate edition of CUET, followed by Lucknow’s Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (3.13 lakh) and Uttarakhand-based Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (3.02 lakh).
A breakdown of social categories of the applicants shows that 32.4% belong to the unreserved category, 38.7% are OBCs, 11.38% SCs, 8.42% STs, while 8.99% candidates registered under the EWS category.
On Sunday, the UGC wrote to the universities that participated in CUET-PG, which was also computer-based, to launch the admission process without any delay.
“You are requested to make necessary preparations for admissions, including website and web portals, so that the PG admission process may be timely started, based on the CUET score,” it said.