Days after the results for the MHT-CET exam were announced, students and parents have yet to grasp the full impact of the percentile score.
CET cell to clarify the percentile system today on the website
Many said those who appeared for just physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) subjects are at a disadvantage when compared with students who appeared for PCM and biology (PCMB).
The percentile system was calculated per session, due to which students who scored higher marks in the PCM only section have got a lower percentile while students who appeared for PCMB section have got a lower score in PCM but a better percentile.
“There are two fundamental premises which need to be in place for the percentile system to be valid to normalize scores of students in a multisession exam. First, the difficulty level of the paper must not vary drastically. Secondly, the profile mix of students giving the tests in different sessions must be similar. This is achieved only by the random distribution of students across various sessions. The second premise of random distribution has been violated by this year's CET system as it artificially divides students into two groups PCM and PCMB,” the parent said.
A student who had won a meritorious award given by state board for class X students in 2017, appeared for her CET in 2019. “I scored 150 and got a percentile of 98.2 whereas a friend who was in the PCMB group scored 120 yet got a percentile of 98.5. Students wanting to take admission in engineering are actually getting sidelined by students who were confused between engineering and medical,” the student said.
A parent complained that her daughter, a PCM candidate scored 138 and got 86.88 percentile while her friend, a PCMB candidate got a score of 90 in PCM yet secured 87 percentile. “What is my daughter’s fault? That she was focused on engineering or that she studied more and got 48 marks more than the other girl? This is an injustice to the students who appeared solely for PCM. The CET department needs to revise the evaluation or it will be a gross injustice to a large section of students,” the parent said.
“Two students scored around 70 marks. The one in the PCM category has got 16-17 percentile while the one in the PCMB category has around 68 percentile. If the CET cell doesn’t come up with corrective action, it will be a blow to the students who appeared for only PCM.”
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