IBPS conducts several banking exams like IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk every year. The results are published through the IBPS Website and the cut-off is also published around the same time. But the time in-between is very frustrating and stressful for the candidates in anticipation of their score. However, if you know the method of calculating the score, you can guess about your performance right after giving the exam. IBPS follows the method of normalizing the score for all the exams that it conducts- IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, and IBPS RRB. In this article, we will explain the method of marks calculation used by IBPS and how it is useful for the aspirants in the long run.

IBPS calculates the marks of the candidates through a method called normalization which helps to get a rounded-up figure. Since the exam is conducted over days and has multiple shifts and the question paper varies from one shift to another, normalization helps to balance the score and assist in fair evaluation. This method is followed for prelims as well as mains of all the exams. Since the difficulty level varies from one shift to another, this method sets a common ground for evaluation.

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The normalization method is used by IBPS to keep the scoring method fair for all candidates. Hence, even if certain shifts of the exam witness an unexpectedly tough paper, they will have a better chance of qualifying through this method. The following are a few advantages associated with normalization of marks which are the primary reason behind its use by IBPS:

- The first assumption made for normalization of marks is that the candidates across all the shifts of the exam have similar abilities.
- The number of candidates appearing in the exam conducted by IBPS in large shifts is randomly done.

The score is calculated using the normalized formula and can be corrected up to five places. The following is the formula and the process of marks normalization used by IBPS:

The following are the depictions as represented by the formula-

- Mij is the normalized marks of jth candidate of the Ith shift.
- M gt is the average marks secured by the top 0.1 % candidates in all the shifts. The number of students will be rounded up.
- Mgq is the sum of the mean and the standard deviation marks acquired by the candidate taking all the shifts into consideration.
- Mti represents the average marks of the top 0.1 % students in the i-shift.
- Miq represents the sum of the mean marks and deviation of the i-th shift.
- Mij is the actual marks obtained by the j-th candidate of the i-th shift.
- M gmq is the sum of the mean marks of the candidate in the shift with the maximum mean and the standard deviation of the marks of candidates in the exam, considering all the shifts.

- The candidates from august 11, shift 2 get 142 marks.
- The average marks of the top 0.1% of students from all the sessions is 191.
- 131 turns out to be the sum of the mean and the standard deviation or cut-off of marks from all the sessions.
- The average marks of the top 0.1 percent of students from august 11, shift 2 is 185.
- Sum of the mean and the standard deviation for august 11, shift 2 is 129.
- Hence, normalization of the marks will be= (60/56)x 13+129=142.92

- The equi-percentile method will be used for normalizing the corrected score obtained by each candidate of each different session.
- The score taken for the calculation can be up to two decimal places.
- The cut-off percentile will be specified keeping the number of vacancies available in mind.
- The exam structure is taken into consideration and the equi-percentile method is applied to it for preparing the final merit list of the exam. For IBPS PO, the method is applied to the total score obtained by the candidates after the interview. In the case of IBPS clerk, only the marks of mains are normalized.

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The IBPS publishes a detailed cut-off and marks calculation process for every exam to provide a clarified idea and maintain transparency. According to this note, the maximum standard score is 50 marks and the qualifying standard score for general is 24 and for reserved categories is 21.

- The first is the corrected score that is derived by the marks for the total number of correct answers minus the negative marks for the wrong answers.
- The equated score comes from the conversion of the corrected score to normalized score after taking into consideration the level of the test difficulty.
- The final standardized score is acquired through the linear conversion of the equated score.

**So far the lowest total weighted score or TWS or the cut-off for IBPS PO and Clerk was in 2011. For general candidates, it was 120 and for all others, it was 105.**

When you are aware of the marks calculation methods, you can easily get an idea about whether you have aced the papers if you know the method of calculating and normalizing your IBPS Score. We hope this information is helpful to you and helps you to quickly figure out your performance in the upcoming IBPS exams 2020 and wish you all the best!

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.