The CUET-UG scorecards released by the National Testing Agency had two components – the percentile score and the normalised score.
Kumar said that the scores have been normalised to provide a level playing field for students who wrote the exam in the same subject on different days or in different shifts.
This, however, has become a point of contention for candidates who find that their normalised scores are less than the percentile and vice versa. Also, many candidates who had calculated their raw marks using the answer keys find that normalised marks different from the calculated scores.
Meanwhile, just like the Board exams, girls continue to score better than the boys in the Common University Entrance Test-UG despite less number of girls appearing for the test. There are 12 candidates who scored 100 percentile in five subjects of which seven are girls.
The UGC chairperson said that as the difficulty levels vary from session to session in the same subject, it is quite possible that in the scorecard one may see that in a subject the percentile is higher than the normalised marks and in another subject, the percentile is lower than the normalised marks.
“How can we compare the performance of different students on a common scale without normalising? We need to ensure that the admissions are made based on a score that accurately compares the performance of students,” said Kumar.The UGC chief added, “The CUET scorecard contains both percentile and normalised marks.”