JEE main 2019: Merit List Will be Based on Percentiles

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The HRD ministry recently announced that the prominent test exams like the JEE, NEET and NET along with several others will be conducted by National Test Agency, a specially established agency for examination process.

In the light of this news, the NTA (National Test Agency) has declared one of the major changes in the ranking and scoring system of the JEE (main) examination. From 2019 onwards, the JEE (main) merit list will be based on percentiles, unlike the traditional scoring system.

JEE (main) is a qualifying examination, scores of which are determined for admission into the most reputed engineering institutes of India- the IITs. Candidates appearing for the class 12 examination and who have qualified the JEE (Main) are eligible for the JEE (advanced) exam that paves their way into the top ranking 23 IITs.

This ‘normalization of score’ was to bring the JEE examination in-line with the other standardized tests like the MBA and the medical entrances that are scored on percentiles.

Why this decision?

  • From 2019 onwards, the JEE (main) will be conducted online, in two sessions.
  • Candidates can choose to appear for either of the sessions or both
  • The question sets will be totally different with same difficulty level
  • To ensure that equal level of scoring happens for both the exams, percentile method is introduced.

How it will work?

  • Each exam will have its own NTA percentile score, 100 being the highest
  • Top ranking candidate will have the 100 percentile
  • Tie-breaker between 100 percentile scorers will be the marks in math, physics and chemistry in that order
  • For the candidates having the exact same scores, the older candidate will be ranked higher
  • Master NTA score will be deduced after both the session and a master score (merit list) will be created
  • For candidates appearing for both the tests, the better percentile among the two will be considered

2019 will be the first time for fully-online JEE exam to be conducted in two sessions- in January and April.

The HRD ministry said this was an attempt to equalize the scores of the candidates who answered the most difficult questions and the candidates who answered the easier set of questions.

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