Process of Normalization of Score in IBPS Exams

Process of Normalization of Score in IBPS Exams

Process of Normalization of Score in IBPS Exams – Get Complete Details on Normalisation and Equi-percentile method

Process of Normalization of Score in IBPS Exams

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2017 is over. Now, a common query is “Will my marks in IBPS Clerk Exam be normalized?”. This is a frequently asked question by students appearing for IBPS exam.

Yes, your marks will be normalized in IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2017. Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection has mentioned about this in the official notification of the IBPS Clerk 2017 exams.

The Note in the Official IBPS notification is as follows: Process of Normalization of Score in IBPS Exams


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  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using equi-percentile method.

  • Scores up to two decimal points shall be taken for the purpose of calculations

‘Normalization’ of scores is commonly found in most banking exams. Let us see what is normalization of scores and what it means to most candidates.

What do you mean by equating scores?

Ans.IBPS Clerk Exam is held across centres, venues, slots and multiple dates across the country. Candidates are attemtping questions of varying difficulty levels. It is possible that some candidates who have received an easier paper will end up scoring more than the others as they received an easier paper. The variation in the difficulty level of the paper means a lot to a lot of candidates and this ensures an unfair competition for those who received a more difficult set of questions in the exam.

Due to this variation in level of difficulty, IBPS equates the scores of students across shifts across the country so that candidates do not suffer and this ensures a fair competition. The process of equating scores is known as “normalisation”.

Equi-Percentile Method:

Say, there are three shifts on a given day of the exam.

First shift: Let us assume there are 20 candidates appearing in the exam in the first shift which has an easier question set. In the easier set of questions, Satish scores 49 out of 50 with a percentile of 100%.

Percentile Rank can be calculated by: Candidates Percentile Rank = [{(Total number of students) – (Candidates Rank)} / (Total number of students – 1)] * 100

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Second Shift: Now let us say that the second shift has 24 students which have a difficult question set. Let us say that the highest marks scored in this shift are by Rohit with 25 out of 50.

A percentile rank for both the shifts is generated. The percentile ranks will determine whether the candidates of both the shifts will be selected. An overall rank sheet is prepared so that candidates can see their overall rank. If a candidate gets a difficult paper, the normalization of scores will adjust the difficulty level and ranks will be adjusted accordingly.

What does it mean for the candidate?

Candidate must not worry about the normalization of scores and try to attempt the paper regardless of the level of difficulty. Normalization of scores is the onus of IBPS. Students must attempt the paper and give their best. It is not necessary to worry whether they get an easy or difficult Question paper. Instead of worrying, they can give their best try.

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