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# Understanding the Calculation of NTA Score

## Introduction to JEE-Main and NTA Score

The results of the country’s largest engineering entrance exam, JEE-Main 2024 Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech), are proposed to be released on February 12, Monday. The final answer key, Toppers, and cut-off of JEE Main 2024 Session 1 have also been announced along with the results. Between January 27th and February 1st, a total of 10 shifts were conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the B.E./B.Tech. Meanwhile, the application process for the JEE Main 2024 April session is ongoing.

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So far, more than 35,000 new students have applied for the JEE Main 2024 April session. These are students who did not apply for the January session previously. Consequently, the number of unique candidates applying for JEE-Main this year could exceed 13.5 lakhs. Earlier, 12.31 lakhs students had applied for the first session. The deadline for applications is until March 2.

### Calculation of NTA Score

The NTA (National Testing Agency) score is calculated using a specific formula. It is determined based on the percentile rank of candidates.

### Process of Calculating NTA Score

Before understanding the NTA score, it’s essential to comprehend how it’s derived. The NTA score is calculated by multiplying the total number of candidates present in a shift by 100 and dividing it by the number of candidates with scores equal to or less than the candidate under consideration. This process is done for each subject individually, including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

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### Normalization of Scores

Since JEE-Main exams are conducted in multiple shifts, the difficulty level may vary across shifts. Therefore, raw scores are normalized to calculate percentile scores, ensuring fairness across all shifts.

### Determining Overall NTA Score

After calculating raw scores for each candidate, the number of candidates with equal or lower raw scores is determined. This count is then multiplied by 100, divided by the total number of candidates in the shift, and expressed as a 7-decimal percentile score, which constitutes the candidate’s NTA score.

### Impact of NTA Score

The NTA score not only reflects a candidate’s overall performance but also determines their subject-wise scores in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

### Conclusion

The NTA score plays a crucial role in determining a candidate’s ranking in the JEE-Main examination. It is essential for candidates appearing in both the January and April sessions, as the All India Rank is based on the maximum NTA score obtained across both sessions