After years of being 'soft' on students when it comes to awarding extra marks for tough questions, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has advised CBSE, CISCE and NCERT boards to follow percentile methodology in awarding marks, to bring equality among the candidates at the plus two level.
In a recent meeting held by HRD Ministry on August 3 with R K Chaturvedi, chairman of the Central Board of School Education; Hrishikesh Senapaty, director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training; Gerry Arathoon, head of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and the then school education secretary S C Khuntia, it was discussed that parity among students must be scrapped out and liberal marking must not be done.
However, official sources have acknowledged that it was only a preliminary meeting on the issue and that more discussions would follow in this regard.
What is percentile?
While percentage shows how much a student has scored in a specific exam, percentile score is like ranking. It shows how much a student has scored in comparison to his counterparts. For instance, out of 10 students if a student scores 60 in one subject and a majority of students had scored 50, the student who scored 60 will be awarded the highest percentile. Sixty percentile means, the candidate had performed better than 60 per cent of the students who had appeared for the exam.
This practise would help the colleges pick their wards easily. It is to be noted that over the past years, the number of students who got 99 per cent increased manifold and some institutions had to raise their entrance criteria to 100 per cent to help them filter their candidates.