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What is Cut OFF mark in Exams
Posted On: 11-Mar-2018
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What is Cut OFF mark in Exams

What is CUT OFF Mark in Exams?

          Kerala Public Service Commission is the recruitment body for all Institutions under Government Of Kerala. If you wish to earn a Civil Service Job then you should undergo the recruitment process of Kerala Public Service Commission. The Recruitment process Consist of OMR Examination ( Know more about OMR Examination ) / Online Examination and Interview. Though it is a Two-step Recruitment process it is very time consuming and hard to clear. Since this is a Competitive Exam a candidate is competing with other candidates who try for the same job. To know more about the Recruitment Process please click here.

          Kerala PSC is recruiting candidates by conducting Competitive Exams followed by an Interview. There will be a large number of candidates showing up for the exam. But unfortunately, only 40% of the Candidates attending the Competitive Exam is very focused on preparing for the exam. This 40% of well-prepared Candidates are not in tens or hundreds in the count but in thousands or above. If these large number of candidates secure high marks in the exam; naturally, candidates securing highest marks will be in the very small count, say 1 to 10 candidates, Kerala PSC cannot fulfill the available vacancy with this small number of candidates unless the available vacancy is small. Apart from that, Those candidates with high marks may not clear at the next level, the Interview. So the only way is to select more candidates for the next level. So, Kerala PSC has to prepare a slab or range of mark. The range of mark is decided by considering the Difficulty of the question paper, No of Candidates attended, Average marks scored by all the candidates in the exam. With these criteria, Kerala PSC will prepare a Mark range. This mark range is called CUT OFF MARK. All the Candidates securing marks below the CUT OFF mark will be eliminated. The creamy layer is then selected to next level, the Interview.

What is CUT OFF mark?

CUT OFF mark is the minimum mark required for a candidate to pass or clear the exam.

What is purpose of CUT OFF mark?

The CUT OFF mark is primarily used in competitive exams. When a large number of candidates show up for the exam it will be extremely difficult for the recruiter to consider all the candidate who had secured good marks. To eliminate candidates from the list for smoother recruitment process and filtering for next level, CUT OFF marks are considered. In short, CUT OFF marks are considered to Sort out the Creamy Layer from the Rest..

How CUT OFF mark is Calculated?

CUT OFF mark are calculated based on different criteria. some of them are:
1) Difficulty of the question paper.
2) No of Candidates attended in the Exam.
3) Average marks secured by all the candidates and more...
These critera will be different for each recruiting authority.

How to secure marks above the CUT OFF mark?

The only way to secure mark above CUT OFF mark is to secure Higher marks in the Exam. Candidates have to prepare well in order to achieve this. ( Know How to Study for the Exam )

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Terms and Definitions:

TPO (Temporarily Passed Over): During a selection year (the date on which the Ranked List of candidates comes into force to the date on which it expires) the reservation turns should not exceed 50% of the total vacancies.While observing the 50% rule it may become necessary to pass over certain reservation turns and to fill up the subsequent OC turns.Such passing over the turn is only temporary and hence referred to as Temporarily Passed over.

NCA (No Candidate Available): When the required number of candidates belonging to Backward Class or SC/ST to fill up the vacancies reserved for them may not be available in the Ranked list.This situation is termed as NCA.In such cases the following procedure is being followed.If a suitable candidate is not available for selection from the group of communities classified as "SC" in the turn alloted from such group,the said group shall be passed over and the post shall be filled up by a suitable candidate from the group of communities classified as "ST" and vice versa If a suitable candidate is not available for selection from any particular community or group of communities (Backward Class) such vacancy shall be kept unfilled, notified separately for that community or group of communities for that selection year and shall be filled by direct recruitment exclusively from among that community or group of communities.

Rotation Chart: There are two rotation charts wherein the turns 1 to 100 are arranged for direct recruitment Viz
(1) For posts included in the Kerala Last Grade Service
(2) For posts other than those included in the Last Grade Service
Turns alloted for Backward classes as well as for Open Competition candidates are specifically mentioned in these charts.

50 % Rule: The Rule stipulates that the number of Backward class candidates advised for a post in a selection year shall not exceed 50 % of the total advice made in that selection year.

Selection Year: One selection year for the purpose of this rule shall be the period from the date on which the Ranked List of candidates comes into force to the date on which it expires.

Ranked List: It is the list of candidates wherein their names are arranged according to their Ranks. Generally, Rank list consists of Main List and Supplementary Llist. Advices for appointment are made from this list based on the ranks candidates and observing the Rules of Reservation.

Main List: Main List is a part of the Ranked List and it includes the names of eligible candidates who secured marks equal to or higher than the Cut-off-mark fixed by the Commission for the respective selection. The Ranks of the Candidates in the Main List are assigned according to the total marks secured by them in the written test, interview, physical efficiency test etc.

Supplementary List: In the Ranked lists, there are supplementary lists also in respect of each Reservation classes via Ezhava, Muslim, SC, ST etc. Supplementary Lists for each Backward Class is prepared by including Candidates belonging to that particular Backward Class who secured marks equal to or above the cut-off-marks fixed for that class by the Commission, but below the cut-off-marks fixed for the Main List. The Candidates from the supplementary Lists for a particular Backward Class are considered for advice when no candidate belonging to that class in available in the Main List for Advice. The supplementary Lists cease to exist when the respective Main List exhausts.

Cut-off-Mark: Inorder to include sufficient number candidates in the Main List and supplementary Lists in a Ranked List, the Commission prescribe minimum marks to be secured by the Candidates for their inclusion in the Ranked List. These prescribed minimum marks are known as Cut-off-marks. Cut-off-marks for Main List and various Supplementary Lists in a Ranked List will not be the same.

Direct Recruitment: Direct Recruitment is the recruitment in which any eligible candidate irrespective of his/her caste or status can apply. The Commission resort to various methods like written test, Interview, Physical efficiency test etc in the process of conducting Direct Recruitment.

Special Recruitment for SC/ST: If a Recruitment is special Recruitment for SC/ST, eligible SC or ST candidates alone can participate in it.

Recruitment by Transfer: Recruitment by Transfer means that the said Recruitment is earmarked for the Candidates serving in other posts under same or different Services, as laid down in the Special Rules for the purpose.

*** Important Notice :- This Information is ONLY for Reference and may have ERRORS. Please check with the original documents from Kerala PSC Official website link given above. ***