NITs: No decision on normalization of Class XII marks
Admissions to the NITs under the new JEE scheme is based on the combined score of Class XII marks after normalization and the All India Ranking/scores of the JEE Main 2013. The Class XII marks had to be normalized as the student participating in the exam belong to the various boards existing in the country.
At a meeting held by the Council of National Institutes of Technology, the method for normalization could not be agreed upon after deliberations. The council comprising of the directors of the various NITs, Vineet Joshi- the CBSE chairperson and a member from IIT Kanpur discussed the four options that had been considered in an earlier meeting. The meeting was inconclusive as some mebers were new and had to be appraised of all details.
Another meeting is scheduled next week to discuss two options that were shown preference by the committee members. One option looks to transform the percentile scores of all boards on the basis of the aggregates of the marks in all subjects identically such that the new scores obtained have the same distribution as the JEE Main aggregates marks. The second option is the ensure that the scores are transformed to have the same distribution as the JEE aggregates of students from the same board.
The four options that were looked at by the committee since last year include one to have a proportionate increase in the percentile of eligible students across boards. The last option to be looked at was the RASCH model which is generally used to analyse the data variables like personality traits, attitudes and abilities. This model would factor the subject difficulty levels across boards. Since it is more sophisticated, it could eliminate fears of the students regarding easy syllabi of some boards which could give an edge to the students of those boards.
Before finally zeroing into the best option for normalization, the committee is testing data (scores & results) pertaining to the year 2011-12 form around eight boards to be able to choose the best option.