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A chaos called CFTI rank

A chaos called CFTI rank
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Naresh Nunna Even before the noise of senior Intermediate results subsided, there are numerous questions that many MPC students attempting JEE have...

Naresh Nunna

Even before the noise of senior Intermediate results subsided, there are numerous questions that many MPC students attempting JEE have on top of their mind.

How is the CFTI (Centrally-Funded Technical Institutes which includes IITs, NITs and IIITs) rank decided?

Will the Intermediate board marks have anything to do with the ranks of JEE Mains to be announced on May 7?

chaosIf 40 per cent weightage of Class XII (Intermediate) marks is considered now, can a good ranker in JEE Mains restrain himself/herself from applying to JEE Advanced and seek admissions into NITs and IIITs with JEE Mains rank? If the aspirants of JEE Advanced are not in the top 20 percentile stream, are they eligible to take JEE Advanced?

Owing to the ambiguous answers by the experts and uncertainty in the website of CBSE, which is conducting JEE Mains, the above questions are further becoming unsolved x- factors.

"CBSE decides the ranks considering both the scores obtained in JEE Mains conducted on April 7 and marks scored in Intermediate exams. If the candidate falls under the top 20 percentile cutoff mark, he is not allowed even to take JEE Advanced," A Srinivasa Rao, Head of Department - Chemistry, NRI Junior College, Dilsukhnagar told The Hans India.

Senior Inter results were announced on Friday and the disappointed students are yet to get their chance to apply for re-verification, or recounting, for which the deadline would be June 4."I am confident of my performance, but unfortunately I scored less marks in Intermediate. If JEE rank is decided on current marks, I would be the loser for no fault of mine," Chaitra Goud, a student of a corporate college from Chikkadapally lamented.

"Top 20 percentile cutoff is only for the student to decide whether to take or abstain from JEE Advanced. If the aspirant is below that cutoff category, he/she would, however, not get a final rank to join either IITs or NITs. If the candidate is above 20 percentile, then 40 percent weightage would be given in finalising the rank," K Venkata Reddy, Director- IIT academy, Brilliant Grammar School, Hyderabad said.

Though 'top 20 percentile' has become a buzzword, there is no consensus on it. Since the officials of Board of Intermediate examinations failed to notify, define, or clarify what 'top 20 percentile' means, the student fraternity is further perplexed. According to experts, it is to filter top 20 percent rankers of the respective boards, to which the students belong.

"Percentile has dual meaning: If you get x percentile marks, it simply means that x percent of the students giving the board exams got less than or equal to any specific candidate's marks. The second meaning is: Getting x percentile marks also means that the candidate is among the top (100-x) percent students," Subrahmanyam V Bhadriraju said.

How to calculate your percentile rank "The formula to be used for the percentile rank is (cl+0.5 fi)/N x 100, where cl is the count of all scores less than their score, fi is the frequency of the score of the student (the number of students with the same score) and N is the number of examines in the sample," PVRK Murthy, senior most faculty member of Gayatri educational institutes, explained.

According to him, the cutoff in 2012 was 872 marks out of 1000; i.e. 87.2 per cent. But, this year, with the total attendance of 4,21,424 students, the cutoff percentage is calculated to be 88.8, which is equal to 471 out of 530 marks of senior Intermediate. A But, this calculation was contended by Srinivasa Reddy, a lecturer in Government Junior college in Balanagar, Hyderabad. He is in the team of contenders who challenged the marks normalisation process announced by the JEE. Acting on their petition, Supreme Court directed the CBSE to consider only Senior Inter marks to decide the cutoff marks. He assumed that the cut-off for students is likely to fall between 93 and 95 pc to appear for JEE Advanced exam on June 2.

"I am from OC community. So, I must be within those 75,750 students in the common merit list. But, how would I know that I am not eligible even though I have scored well; unless I am aware of the cutoff marks," Siri Chandana, a student from Saroor Nagar said. Parents and students have been pleading with the state government to clear the uncertainty.

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