JEE Main 2019 Results Out: What is NTA Score and Percentile?

January 21, 2019

The National Testing Agency, the newly formed organization to conduct competitive exams under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), has released the JEE Main result on January 19th (Saturday) for the exams held in January this year. The result of the JEE Main April session 2019 will be declared on April 30th. Formally, the results for the January session were to be declared on January 31st but the NTA have decided to release the results early on the official JEE website.

Candidates can check their scores by logging in using their application number and date of birth or password. The JEE Main result 2019 is available in online mode only and won’t be dispatched to candidates. Premium institutes like NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs offer admission to B.Tech courses based on results.

As you are aware the NTA is conducting these examinations on multiple dates, generally in two sessions per day. The candidates are given different sets of questions per session and it is quite possible that in spite of all efforts of maintaining equivalence among various question papers, the difficulty level of these question papers administered in different sessions may not be exactly the same. Hence the raw marks have been converted into percentile scores using the normalization process released by NTA. Meaning, the JEE Main 2019 result will show four scores; one for each of the three subjects along with the total marks obtained by the candidate in the January session.

It is possible that students may get a little confused in understanding the result card released by NTA and how the percentile is calculated. Go through the rest of the article for a detailed explanation about JEE Main 2019 results card by NTA- and its percentile calculation.  

JEE Main 2019 Result card issued by NTA

Key takeaways from the JEE Main 2019 Result card issued by the NTA

  • NTA scores are normalized across multiple session papers and are based on relative performance of all those who appeared for the examination in one session.
  • The NTA score indicates the percentage of candidates that have scored equal to or below that particular percentile in that session

JEE Main Results 2019: Normalisation Process Explanation

As mentioned earlier in the article, since the JEE Main 2019 examination was conducted in various shifts (4 days, 8 sessions, i.e 2 sessions a day), the raw marks obtained are converted into percentile scores using the normalization process released by NTA.

What is the Normalization process done by NTA?

It is important to understand that the NTA score or ‘normalized score’ is not an average or percentage of the marks obtained. The process is adopted because some of the candidates may end up attempting a relatively tougher set of questions when compared to other sets. The candidates who attempt the comparatively tougher examination are likely to get lower marks as compared to those who attempt the easier one.

Hence the process of normalization is utilized to ensure that the level of difficulty is uniform across all sessions so that no candidate is at loss. Which means that this is done for each session individually.  

How does NTA calculate the Normalized score?

The process of Normalisation of marks is done in two folds:

a. Calculating the raw marks

First, the NTA calculates the candidate’s raw score as per the marking scheme i.e + 4 for the correct answer and -1 for the incorrect answer.

b. Calculating the Normalized score / NTA score

To calculate this NTA first determines the number of candidates that have the raw score up to or below a candidate. After which they use this formula to calculate the NTA score. Check the image below.

To read more on the process, click this official document released by the NTA: Normalisation Procedure – NTA Score

JEE Main 2019: AIR Preparation Process

Starting this year the JEE Main will be conducted twice in a year, hence the calculation of All India rank will also be in a new manner. The process of merit calculation will be as follows.

Compilation of January and April JEE Main session. From both these attempts, NTA will calculate the following

  • Raw score of the candidate
  • Percentile/ normalised score of the candidate in Maths
  • Percentile/ normalised score of the candidate in Physics
  • Percentile/ normalised score of the candidate in Chemistry

JEE Main 2019: Rank Estimation

*Disclamer; This rank estimation cannot be considered as 100 % accurate, but if an individual wishes to know the tentative rank in JEE Main 2019 he/she can get an estimate from the above table.

The next online application for JEE Main April 2019 exam will start on February 8 and will remain open till March 7, 2019, for the Computer-Based Test or CBT scheduled between April 6 and 20, 2019.

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