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How Does an Indian GPA Compare to a United States GPA 

How Does an Indian GPA Compare to a United States GPA 

There are many aspects to a profile evaluation for international students who wish to study abroad in the United States. Many students are often worried about what is a good GRE score, but GPA, or grade point average, is just as important. However, a problem that many international students encounter is that the way grade point average is calculated in their home country is likely different than how the United States calculates grade point average. For an idea of what profile evaluations do, check out another one of our blogs here.

The Difference Between the US GPA and Indian GPA

In the United States, grade point average is on a four-point scale. What that means is that a straight A student will have a GPA of 4.0. A “B” student would have a GPA of 3.0, and so on. On the other hand, India typically uses a percentage-based system. Marks are graded on a percentage system of 0-100%, with four divisions. The divisions are as follows:

  • Distinction – 75% and higher;
  • 1st Division – between 60-75%;
  • 2nd Division – between 50-60%;
  • 3rd division – between 40-50%.

As you can tell, the higher the percentage, the better your grades are. Indian students may also have their grade point average calculate on a 10-point system. However, for purposes of this blog, we will focus on the percentage-based Indian GPA.

The Role of GPA Conversion

When it comes to an international student getting a profile evaluation, one of the trickiest parts of it can be the grade point average. Some profile evaluators may convert GPA for you, but some may not. When getting a profile evaluation for MS in the US, please make sure to know if you need to convert the GPA, or if they do it for you.

Usually, letter grades and percentages can be converted into a United States GPA fairly easily. Typically, the first step is to convert percentages into letter grades. Once all of an international student’s grades are converted into letter grades, United States grade point average can be calculated fairly easily. There are many GPA conversion tables and tools available across the internet. However, there may be more to accurately converting an Indian grade point average into a United States grade point average. For example, for the conversion to be accurate, some services may take into account the strength of the Indian institution that you received grades from.

For example, WES, or World Education Services, offers a great grade point average conversion tool to help Indian student get an accurate conversion of their grade point average to the United States four-point scale. They also offer a tool that shows degree equivalency, or how any degrees you may have received in another country would translate to the United States.

Another thing to keep in mind is that grading practices in India are very different from those in the United States. Typically, the minimum percentage to graduate in India is 50%. Using this logic, an average student in India would have about a 70%. If you convert that to the United States scale, your grade point average would be a 2.3 which in the United States, is considered low. This is why it is extremely important to have your GPA converted by a professional service, because if you tried by yourself, it may not be accurate.

Profile evaluators can be extremely helpful when it comes to grade point average conversions. Usually, when you are applying to study in the United States and all of your grades are from a foreign institution, the schools will simply ask you to submit your original transcript and grades, and they will evaluate them based on their own criteria.

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