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Percentile Vs Percentage.

Percentile Vs Percentage: A percentile rank tells how well a candidate did in comparison to other candidates, while a percentage rank explains how well a candidate did in the test itself. Percentile never gives the detail of the marks that you have scored instead it just tells you about your merit position among the number of candidates who have appeared in the test with you.

For example,a candidate might answer 85 percent of questions correctly and rank in the 99th percentile which means that percentile is not related to the percent of correct answers a student gets on a test. Percentile ranks are commonly used to clarify the interpretation of marks on standardized tests.

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For example, a test mark that is greater than or equal to 80% of the marks of candidates taking the test is said to be at the 80th percentile, where 80 is the percentile rank. Whereas the percentage of mark is simply calculated based on the mark obtained out of the maximum mark in the test. For example, a test mark of 75% in a test with a maximum mark of 1000 indicates a mark of 750.

The percentage of marks is not affected by the candidate’s merit position in comparison to other candidates who took the test

Percentile Calculation.

Total candidates appeared minus your rank multiply x 100 then divided by total number of appeared candidates.

Example for Percentile Vs Percentage.

For a competitive Exam, a total of 35,000 candidates appeared for the exam and a person got 1500 positions on the merit list.

Therefore his percentile is Total candidates appeared 35,000 minus his rank 1500 = 33,500 multiply x 100 = 33,50,000 then divided by total number of appeared candidates mean he got 95.714 percentile.

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