Though the Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) is taken as the standard threshold for students in technical institutes for higher education or recruitment in a firm, percentage too plays an imperative role in certain sectors and pockets. Taking cognisance of it, NIT Rourkela administration in a senate meeting of February 2020 decided the official criteria for calculation of percentage from CGPA.

Percentage= (CGPA- 0.5)*10

Previously, the percentage was being calculated by multiplying CGPA by 10 (%= CGPA*10). The administration struck this down, and brought a more consistent formula. It surely can’t give the accurate percentage achieved by a student (as the system is based on CGPA), it gives an average idea, and can be used when required; although the instances can be rare.

The general procedure for placement is that the companies send a format where students have to attach the data asked for. They, in most cases, ask for CGPA. Some do ask for percentage, but not a very major emphasis is given to the conversion rule.

In a very few cases, the percentage cut-off maybe 70%, but that is normally taken as equivalent to 7 CGPA, and the companies readily accept that.

In cases of PSUs that ask for percentage, the conversion is according to the new formula [%=( CGPA-0.5)*10]. The percentage which is converted from the grade points isn’t required by most companies as they comply with the general CGPA methods instead of some companies where they don’t ask for the institute conversion rule and students generally use the CGPA*10 method. Grade Points is one of the most important factor in campus placement where the difference in the methods can create later problems for the students.  The ambiguity in the CGPA to percentage conversion takes a serious turn as different institutes have different rules of conversion of CGPA into percentage while the PSU’s have same cut-off everyone which puts the students in a dire disadvantage. In worst case scenarios this may also lead to students missing the cutoff by few inches whereas actually they wouldn’t have in the other case.

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