How to Calculate UGC NET 2022 Percentile?

By Mohit Choudhary|Updated : May 25th, 2022

It is pretty standard for candidates to confuse the UGC NET Score and UGC NET Percentile. Also, many aspirants look for UGC NET score and percentile calculator to get a rough idea of their score and percentile for UGC NET 2022.

Your search for “How to calculate percentile in UGC NET 2022 exam?” has finally come to an end as we will tell you about the UGC NET percentile required. UGC NET 2022 exam will be held in the last week of June 2022. Let’s correctly understand the steps involved in the UGC NET 2022 Percentile calculation.

UGC NET 2022: Procedure and Criteria for Declaration of Result

To release the result, the NTA follows the following steps: 

Step I: The number of candidates to be qualified (total slots or Eligibility for Assistant Professor) shall be equal to 6% of the candidates appearing in both NET papers.

Step II: The real slots shall be allocated to different categories as per the reservation policy of the Government of India.

Step III: To be considered for ‘JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor’ and for ‘Assistant Professor’, the candidate must have appeared in both the papers and secured at least 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for General (Unreserved) / General-EWS category candidates and at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for all candidates belonging to the reserved categories (viz., SC, ST, OBC (belonging to Non- Creamy Layer), PwD and Third gender).

Step IV: The number of candidates to be declared qualified in any subject for a particular category is derived as per the methodology illustrated below:

Example:

Number of candidates to be declared qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject

‘Economics’ for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category

Number of candidates belonging to the SC category who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for the SC category for ‘Economics’ (x) Total slots derived for SC category as per Step II (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to SC category overall subjects who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together.

The aggregate percentage of the two papers corresponding to the number of slots arrived at shall determine the qualifying cutoff for Eligibility for Assistant Professor ‘in ‘Economics’ for the SC category.

A similar yardstick shall be employed for deriving the subject-wise qualifying cutoffs for all categories.

Step V: All candidates who had applied for ‘Eligibility for JRF & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both’ out of the total number of qualified candidates derived as per Step IV shall constitute the consideration zone for JRF.

Step VI: The total number of slots available for awarding JRF is allocated among different categories as per the reservation policy of the Government of India. The procedure for subject wise cum category-wise allocation of JRF slots is illustrated below: 

Example:

Number of candidates to be declared qualified for JRF & Eligibility for

Assistant Professor both in the subject

‘Economics’ for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category

Number of candidates belonging to the ST category who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject

‘Economics’ (x) Total JRF slots available for ST category (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to ST category overall subjects who have opted for JRF and have Qualified for

Eligibility for Assistant Professor.

The aggregate percentage of the two paper scores corresponding to the number of JRF slots arrived at shall determine the qualifying cutoff for JRF in ‘Economics’ for the ST category.

 A similar procedure is used for all subjects and categories.

Note: The above qualifying criteria decided by UGC are final and binding. 

UGC NET 2022: Normalization Procedure

The normalization procedure is an established set of rules in which scores of students who appear for the same UGC NET exam in different sessions are compared. After that, to normalize the scores of all candidates, the percentile scores are used. To do the normalization, the NTA follows the following steps: 

  • For multi-shift papers, raw marks obtained by the candidates in different shifts/sessions will be converted to NTA Score (Percentile).
  • The detailed procedure for NTA Score being adopted is available on the NTA website under Normalization procedure based on Percentile Score.
  • In case a subject test is conducted in multi-shifts, NTA Score will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate. The calculated NTA Score for the Raw Marks for all the shifts/sessions will be merged for further processing for deciding the allocation.
  • If the percentiles for the multi-shifts are dissimilar/unequal, the lowest will be the eligibility cutoff for that category for all candidates (i.e. all shifts).

For Example: In the Examination held in two shifts, if the 40% marks correspond to a Percentile score of 78 in Shift 1 and 79 in Shift 2, then all those equal to or above 78 percentiles (Percentile score of 100 to 78) in both shifts will become eligible in General Category. A similar method will be adopted for the other categories to determine eligibility cutoffs. The same principle shall apply if the Examination is held in a more significant number of shifts.

UGC NET 2022: Percentile Calculator

The Percentile Score indicates the percentage of candidates that have scored EQUAL TO OR BELOW (same or lower raw scores) that particular Percentile in that Examination. Therefore the topper (highest score) of each session will get the same Percentile of 100, which is desirable. The marks obtained in between the highest and lowest scores are also converted to appropriate Percentiles. The Percentile score will be the Normalized Score for the Examination (instead of the raw marks of the candidate) and shall be used to prepare the merit lists.

NOTE: The Percentile Scores will be calculated up to 7 decimal places to avoid the bunching effect and reduce ties.

To calculate the percentile, the NTA follows the following steps:

Formula:

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Note: The Percentile of the Total shall NOT be an aggregate or average of the Percentile of the individual subject. The percentile score is not the same as the percentage of marks obtained. 

Example: Suppose a test was held in 4 sessions of examinees as per details given below: -

(Allocation of Days and shifts were done randomly)

(a) Distribution of candidates was as follows: 

Session-1: Day-1 Shift-1, Session-2: Day-1 Shift-2, Session-3: Day-2 Shift-1 and Session-4: Day-2 Shift-2

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In this method of scoring the HIGHEST RAW SCORE in each paper (irrespective of the raw scores) will be the 100 Percentile indicating that 100% of candidates have scored equal to or lesser than the highest scorer/ topper for that session.


Highest Raw Score and Percentile Score: All the highest raw scores will have a normalized Percentile Score of 100 for their respective session.

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Lowest Raw Score and Percentile Score: The percentile Score of all the lowest raw scores will depend on the total number of candidates who have taken the Examination for their respective sessions.

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The following is a further explanation of the interpretation of the raw scores and Percentile Score in Session-3 (Day-2 and Shift-1) with 41326 candidates who have taken the examination.

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UGC NET 2022: Compilation & Preparation Of Result

In order to compile and prepare the final result of UGC NET 2022, the NTA follows the following steps:

Step-1: Distribution of Examinees in two shifts: 

Candidates have to be distributed into two sessions randomly so that each session has an approximately equal number of candidates. These two sessions would be as follows: 

Session-1: Day-1 Shift-1

Session-2: Day-1 Shift-2 

In the event of a more number of days or less number of shifts, the candidates will be divided accordingly. This will ensure that there is no bias in the distribution of candidates who shall take the examination. Further, with a large population of examinees spread over the entire country the possibility of such bias becomes remote. 

Step-2: Preparation of Results for each Session

The Examination results for each session would be prepared in the form of

  • Raw Scores
  • Percentiles Scores of Total raw scores.                           

The Percentiles would be calculated for each candidate in the Session as follows: 

 Let TP1 be the Percentile Score of the Total Raw Score of that candidate. 

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 Step-3: Compilation of NTA score and Preparation of Result 

The Percentile scores for the Total Raw Score for all the sessions (Session-1: Day-1  Shift-1,  Session-2: Day-1 Shift-2) as calculated in Step-2 above would be merged and shall be called the NTA scores which will then be used for the compilation of the result and further processing for deciding the allocation. 

In the event of the percentiles for the multi-shifts being dissimilar/unequal, the lowest will be the eligibility cut-off for that category for all candidates (i.e. all shifts).

For Example: In the Examination held in two shifts, if the 40% marks correspond to a Percentile score of 78 in Shift 1 and 79 in Shift 2, then all those equal to or above 78 percentiles (Percentile score of 100 to 78) in both shifts will become eligible in General Category. A similar method will be adopted for the other categories to determine eligibility cut-offs. In case the Examination is held in more number shifts the same principle shall apply. 

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