CBSE, ICSE and NCERT bring Percentile Scoring System

It is quiet likely that we would be seeing a scoring system that would be similar to CAT, MAT, XAT exams for the class XII exams. The education boards in our country like ICSE, CBSE and NCERT have been advised by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to find various ways to launch a marking system on percentage basis for class XII exams. This was done after a top level discussion conducted by the MHRD recently on the topic ‘marks moderation’ and ‘grace marks’ that was attended by top education board officials.

The MHRD had advised the boards to form a committee that could provide clarity and uniformity in the marking system for all the board exams. Also, to accomplish this task expert help could be taken from faculties of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). The matter of showing the percentile score in the mark-sheet along with the usual percentage score was discussed in the meeting.

What Percentile Stands for?

In practical terms, percentile would be the number where a certain percentage of marks would come below a certain percentile. This would mean that if someone says that they have scored 72 out of 90 would have no meaning we would have an idea on what percentile would you come under. Once you would realize that your score falls under 90 percentile, it would mean your score is better than 90 percent of the people who attended the exam.

Marks moderation is a general practice aimed to bring uniformity in the assessment process. This implies that marks scored by candidates are realigned to line up the marking benchmarks set by separate examiners so as to hold the equivalence of pass percentage of candidates over the years along with compensating the students for challenges faced while solving the question papers within a specified time frame.