Why 33 Percent is Passing Marks in India

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Fri, 19 May 2023

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Have you ever wondered why passing marks are 33 percent in India?

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First matriculation exam was held in India under the British Raj in 1858.
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They wondered what the passing marks should be.



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Back then, the passing marks in Britain were 65.

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British deemed our intelligence half of theirs.

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British thought Indians could only have half the IQ of them

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They then set the passing marks at 32.5, which was half of 65.

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Later in 1861, this 32.5 percent was rounded off to 33 percent.

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This is how 33 percent became the passing marks in India.

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