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Sameer Soni


Indian Institute of Management, Indore


A Better Approach to Comprehend Grade Point Averages 

The GPA system is used world-wide to measure the performance of students, to identify the academic needs of the students, to achieve equity, provide transparency and recognize and reward the multi-skilled students. For most colleges this cumulative grade point average (CGPA) serves the purpose of selective admission. This may be true for most of the cases where the difference in the CGPA of two students is significant. But we believe that in case of students having a minor difference in their CGPAs it would prove to be an ineffective and a questionable tool.

In this research paper we have suggested certain techniques in which the CGPA system could be made infallible to a certain extent. In the current CGPA system all the students receiving equal marks are awarded identical grades, but in the new system we have developed a framework through which we can differentiate between these students as well. Under this new system every students will not only get marks for selecting a correct alternative, but also get some marks for selecting the second best alternative. For example, if two students are awarded 16 marks for selecting 16 correct alternatives out of a total of 30 questions, then instead of awarding zero marks for all the incorrect answers we can award 0.25 marks to those students who have chosen the next best alternative. This system will allow us to distinguish those students who had no idea what so ever about the correct answer and were trying to bluff from those who were uncertain and got confused among the two best alternatives. Thus using this framework we can develop a more effective grading system that will make the selective admission of students more meaningful.