UGC NET Normalisation of Marks 2023: Result Preparation Criteria

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test 2024 ( UGC NET )

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Dewesh Nandan
Dewesh Nandan Prasad
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Updated on Jan 2, 2024 12:27 IST

UGC NET 2023 provisional answer key will be released after the normalisation of the UGC NET 2023 December exam. Check here the complete process of UGC NET normalisation of marks and the result preparation criteria.


National Testing Agency (NTA) will carry out the UGC NET December 2023 session between December 6 to 22, 2023. The UGC NET 2023 exam will be held on multiple days and shifts for a total of 83 subjects. The NTA conducted the University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) exam on multiple dates, typically in two sessions per day. The NTA UGC NET result 2023 will be declared through the normalisation of scores.

In each session of the UGC NET 2023, candidates are given different sets of question papers. Although the NTA takes all efforts to maintain the similar difficulty level of the UGC NET question papers, it is possible that some candidates may end up attempting a tougher set of questions in the exam. Due to this, it is also possible that such candidates end up scoring relatively lower marks as compared to other candidates. In order to resolve this problem and ensure fairness in the exam, NTA adopts the UGC NET normalisation of marks based on the percentile score.

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What is UGC NET Normalisation Procedure?

The UGC NET normalisation process is an established practice in which scores of candidates who appear for the same exam in different sessions are compared. Thereafter, to normalise the scores of all candidates, the percentile scores are used.     

What is Percentile Score in UGC NET?

The Percentile Score is the score based on the relative performance of all the candidates who appear for the UGC NET exam. During the percentile calculation, the scores obtained by candidates in a session are converted into a scale ranging from 100-0.

The percentile score basically indicates the percentage of candidates who have secured equal to or below that particular percentile in the exam. This means that the topper of each session of the UGC NET exam gets the same percentile, which is 100. The marks obtained in between the highest and lowest scores are also converted into percentiles.

This percentile score is the normalised score of the UGC NET exam and is used at the time of result calculation or merit list preparation.

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How to Calculate the UGC NET Percentile Score?

The National Testing Agency uses the following formula to calculate the percentile scores of candidates:

UGC NET Percentile Score Calculation Formula

Consider the following example to calculate the UGC NET percentile score:

Suppose UGC NET was held in four sessions on two days. The distribution of candidates in the four sessions was as follows:

Example for UGC NET percentile score calculation

In this method, the highest raw score in each paper is the 100 percentile indicating that 100 per cent of candidates have scored equal to lesser than the highest scorer of that session.  

Highest raw and percentile score: All the highest raw scores have a normalised percentile score of 100.

UGC NET highest raw and percentile score calculation example

Lowest raw and percentile score: The percentile score of the lowest raw scores depends on the total number of candidates who have appeared for the exam for their respective sessions.

UGC NET lowest raw and percentile score calculation example

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UGC NET Result Preparation & Normalisation Process

NTA prepares the UGC NET result 2023 and normalises marks of candidates as per the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Distribution of candidates in two shifts

Firstly, candidates are distributed in two sessions on every exam day in such a way that each session has an equal number of candidates. The two sessions are as follows:

Session-1: Day-1 Shift-1, Session-2: Day-1 Shift-2

Step 2: Result preparation for each session

Next, UGC NET results are prepared for each session in the form of raw scores and percentile scores of total raw scores.

The percentile for each candidate in a particular session is calculated as per the below-mentioned formula:

UGC NET total percentile calculation formula

Step 3: Compilation of NTA UGC NET scores

Lastly, the percentile scores of the total raw scores for all the sessions are merged and called NTA scores. These NTA scores are then used for the compilation of UGC NET result.

In case, the percentiles for the multiple shifts are unequal, the lowest percentile of the two becomes the eligibility cutoff for candidates. For instance, if 40 per cent marks correspond to the percentile score of 78 in shift 1 and 79 in shift 2, then candidates who are equal to or above 78 percentiles in both shifts become eligible. This method is adopted for candidates belonging to all categories.

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