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CMAT 2023 normalization process is used to negate the difference between the difficulty level in the question papers appearing in different shifts of the exam by adjusting the scores of the candidate. Normalization is a tried and tested process that is used for many other MBA entrance exams in India in addition to CMAT. Through normalization, the score of a candidate who faced a tougher question paper will be increased and the score of a candidate who faced an easier question paper will be decreased.
The CMAT 2023 exam had a range of moderate to high levels of difficulty. A good CMAT 2023 score in terms of the raw score might range from 262 to 361 out of 400. To secure a 100 percentile, candidates must score 372 out of 400. The CMAT result 2023 has been released on May 31, 2023.
To avoid putting any candidate at an advantage between the difference in difficulty level of the question papers used in the exam, NTA will use the CMAT normalization process 2023. In this article, we will explain the CMAT normalization process 2023, including the percentile calculation, the method used for normalization, the normalization formula, etc.
CMAT 2023 Normalization Process
NTA has remarked that it will use the "Normalization procedure based on Percentile Score" in order to overcome any differences in the difficulty level of the question paper for each shift. Normalization is a simple and straightforward process. After ensuring a fair division of candidates into the different shifts, the percentile scores of candidates are calculated for each shift. This means that the percentile of candidates who appeared in Shift 1 will be calculated separately from those who appeared in Shift 2. Hence, the percentile score will be the normalized score of the candidate. It will be mentioned as the NTA Score in the merit list.
This will ensure that no candidate is either benefitted or disadvantaged due to the differences in the difficulty level of question papers in each shift. The objective of the CMAT 2023 Normalization Process is to identify the true merit of the candidate and to create a level playing field. The details of how normalization is carried out by the NTA are given below.
Step 1: Distribution of Candidates
All of the candidates will be distributed randomly into the two shifts to avoid any bias. The two shifts can be conducted on the same day or multiple days, as specified by the NTA. In case the conducting body wishes to increase the number of shifts, the candidates can be divided accordingly into each shift. As an example, NTA has provided an example of the distribution of candidates for 4 Shifts.
A random distribution of candidates would remove the chances of any bias in the shift allocation. The chances of bias would be further reduced with a large population of candidates appearing for the exam.
Step 2: Preparing of CMAT 2023 Result
NTA will prepare the exam result for each session. The result will be prepared in the form of the following scores.
- Raw Scores
- Percentile Scores of Total Raw Scores
The raw scores of the candidate will not be considered to identify their merit. Instead, NTA will consider the Percentile Scores calculated for each session for that purpose.
Calculation of CMAT 2023 Percentile Scores
The percentile compares the performance of a candidate relative to the other candidates who appeared for the exam. It is calculated based on the rank of the candidate. The candidate's percentile is the percentage of candidates, in the same session as the candidate, who has a score equal to or less than that candidate. The higher the rank of a candidate, the higher their percentile. The percentile ranges from 0 to 100 and is calculated using the following formula.
CMAT 2023 Percentile = [(No. of candidates in a 'Session' with equal to or less score than the candidate/ Total no. of candidates in the 'Session')] x 100
The Percentile Score will be calculated up to 7 decimal places to reduce the chances of ties and avoid the 'bunching effect'. Calculating the percentile score separately for each session will have the following effects:
All of the candidates in the same session with the same raw score will have the same percentile.
If two or more candidates in different shifts have the same raw score, their CMAT 2023 percentile will most likely be different.
All candidates that have the highest raw score for their session will be awarded the 100 percentile.
All candidates who have the lowest score for their session will have a close to 0 percentile, depending on the number of candidates who appeared.
Let us understand the bottom two points further with examples given by the NTA.
Highest Raw Score and Percentile Score
As per the NTA, the normalized percentile scores for all of the highest raw scores will be 100 for their respective session. Given below is an example of the highest raw scores for an exam with 4 shifts.
Lowest Raw Score and Percentile Score
The percentile scores for all of the lowest raw scores will be close to 0. The exact score, however, will depend on the number of candidates who appeared for the session. Here is an example of the lowest raw scores for an exam with 4 shifts.
Step 3: Compilation of NTA Score
In the final step of the CMAT 2023 normalization, the percentile scores for all of the sessions are merged and called the NTA score. The scores can then be used for the compilation of results and in the CMAT selection process 2023.
Important Information Regarding CMAT 2023 Eligibility Cut Off
There are chances that the percentiles for the different shifts on the same raw scores will be unequal. In such cases, issues may arise when deciding the eligibility cut off. However, NTA has specified that the lowest percentile across all shifts for any particular raw score will be considered to be the eligibility cut off. As an example. if 80 marks correspond to the 40 percentile in Shift 1 and 85 marks correspond to the 40 percentile in Shift 2, then all students who scored 80 and above would be considered eligible in both shifts.
Colleges Accepting CMAT 2023 - Percentile-wise
Given below is the percentile-wise list of colleges accepting CMAT 2023:
List of Colleges
80 - 90 Percentile
70 - 80 Percentile
60 - 70 Percentile
50 - 60 Percentile
These were all of the details about the CMAT normalization process 2023. In case of any doubts, candidates can post their questions on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. To make your college applications easier, fill up the Common Application Form (CAF) or discuss your options with our counsellor at 18005729877.