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    JEE Main 2024: NTA clarifies on normalisation; 8 students score 100 percentile in Jan 27 exam

    JEE Main 2024 Results: The NTA clarified ‘normalisation procedure based on percentile score’ was used to ensure that the students are not affected due to difficulty level.


    The National Testing Agency (NTA) has issued a notification clarifying various issues that were raised by students after the declaration of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) 2024 Main session 1 results. The clarification was issued in response to numerous candidates who took to social media to voice their concerns over the alleged discrepancies in the results.


    A total of 11,70,036 appeared in JEE Main paper 1 in the January session. Many students claimed that there was a considerable difference in the JEE Main marks vs percentile and the January 27 and 29 shifts had more number of students leaving the students at disadvantage.

    However, as per NTA data, 8 students scored 100 percentile in shift 1 of January 27 JEE Main 2024. Apart from this, January 27 shift 1 and shift 2 had 1.22 lakh and 1.25 lakh candidates, which is 10% and 10.3% respectively. “JEE Main session 1 has been conducted as per the norms and procedures followed for the conduct of any high-stakes examination, NTA ensured that the examination provided fair and equal opportunity for all candidates,” NTA said.

    NTA official notification read, “As per the norms followed by NTA, various question papers of a similar nature in content were prepared and randomly selected for each shift without knowledge of the difficulty level of each question paper. The varied difficulty level in question papers is an inherent part and parcel of multi-shift examination and thus normalisation is the preferred mode for deciding scores. There is no equivalence between raw scores and normalised scores”.

    “The ‘Normalization procedure based on Percentile Score’ was used to ensure that candidates were neither benefitted nor disadvantaged due to the difficulty level of the examination,” the notification added.

    JEE Main 2024 normalisation process

    JEE Main exam is conducted in multiple shifts to accommodate candidates, the difficulty level of the question papers may vary between different shifts. JEE Main normalisation ensures that no candidate is unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged due to the difficulty level of their particular shift. It is the process of equalising the level of difficulty level of the JEE Main when it is conducted in multiple shifts.

    The JEE Main normalisation process considers the overall ability of a candidate remains constant, regardless of the shift’s difficulty level. According to the NTA, the normalisation process ensures a homogeneous candidate distribution based on the report of the expert committee, consisting professors from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in November 2018 and reviewed in October 2020.

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