How to calculate Percentile?

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asked Oct 11, 2015 in General by PradeepKumar_E (1,110 points)  

Now a days in all entrance and common examinations the calculation and the selection is based on percentile. i wonder how to calculate percentile. Is that the kind of percentage calculation or calculation of percentile is something else.


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answered Dec 21, 2015 by Usha (460 points)  
Simply put,

Your percentile score = { (No, of people who got less than you/ equal to you) / (no. of people appearing in the exam) } x 100

Thus, if in an exam, 10 people give the test and 9 people get either less than what you got or equal to what you got, your percentile score is:

{9/10} x 100 = 90 percentile.

It is used in CAT and many other such entrance exams. Thus, the higher percenilte, the better marks but, it is different from percentage and sop, percentile gives an idea of RELATIVE performance with others and not how high you scored out of the total marks.

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