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KCSE 2020/2021 Grading System Per Subject

How to receive your 2020 KCSE results.
How to receive your 2020 KCSE results. See also the latest Knec grading system per subject.

KCSE 2020/2021 Grading System- The Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, grades students per performance in subjects attempted during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams. This grading is dynamic as it is dependent on the performance of candidates in a particular year. 

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is offered to learners who have completed the secondary education cycle of four years.

KCSE SUBJECT CODES

Each subject offered by Knec has its own code. Check the table below before we take you through the grading process;

S/NSubject NameSubject Code
1English101
2Kiswahili102
3Mathematics121
4Mathematics, Alternative B122
5Biology231
6Physics232
7Chemistry-233
8Biology for the Blind236
9General Science237
10History311
11Geography312
12CRE313
13IRE314
14HRE315
15Home Science441
16Art and Design442
17Agriculture443
18Wood Work444
19Metal Work445
20Building Construction446
21Power Mechanics447
22Electricity448
23Drawing and Design449
24Aviation Technology450
25Computer Studies451
26French501
27German502
28Arabic503
29Sign Language504
30Music511
31Business Studies565

 

These subjects are grouped into five (5) as depicted in the image below;

Knec Subject Choices for KCSE candidates
Knec Subject Choices for KCSE candidates

See also; How to download KCSE results for the whole school.

KCSE GRADING.

For you to be graded, you must take a minimum of seven (7) subjects. Out of these, English, Kiswahili and Mathematics are compulsory. You must further take a minimum of two sciences and one Humanity. The seventh subject can as well be chosen from the remaining categories i.e Applied, Humanities, Sciences etc.

In a nutshell, a Candidate must enter for at least 7 subjects which must include:

  • From Group I – All the three subjects of Code Numbers 101, 102 and either121 (option “A” )or 122 (option “B”)
  • From Group II – At least two subjects of Code Numbers 231, 232 , 233,236( Blind candidates) or 237 for option “B”
  • From Group III – At least one subject code of 311,312 or any one among 313/314/315
    Note: Only one of the Religious subjects 313, 314 , 315 and one Mathematics option is to be taken. One other subject selected from the remaining subjects in Group II ,III and IV (Code Numbers 441,442,443,444,445,446,447,448,449,450 and 451) or V(Code Numbers 501,502,503,504,511 and 565)
  • Candidates can sit for 9 subjects and the extra 1 or 2 subjects can be selected from the remaining subjects of groups II, III, IV and V.

Again, it is advisable that you undertake 8 or 9 subjects as opposed to 7. This gives you more grading options. The grade you get is dependent on scores in your subjects. To get your mean score, the Council totals the points that you get per subject.

The highest grade you can get is an A(plain) which carries a point load of 12. Conversely, the lowest grade is an E (that has one point only); See more details on the table below.

PointsGrade
12A (plain)
11A- (Minus)
10B+ (plus)
9B (plain)
8B- (minus)
7C+ (plus)
6C (plain)
5C- (minus)
4D+ (plus)
3D (plain)
2D-(minus)
1E

Mean Grade Award Descriptions

  • Mean grade will be X, if a candidate is absent in all subjects
  • Mean grade will be Y, if one or more subjects are cancelled.
  • Mean grade will be U, if the entry requirements for the KCSE examination are not met
  • Mean grade will be CRNM, if the course requirements for the Teacher education, Business and Technical examinations are not met
  • Mean grade will be P, if results are pended
  • Mean grade will be W, if the examination results are withheld;

KNEC KCSE Grading Scale – Per Subject 2021-2022 

It is important to note that each subject has its own grading system as shown below;

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR ENGLISH

Points101; ENGLISH
1280 – 100A
1175 – 79A-
1070 – 74B+
965- 69B
860 – 64B-
755 – 59C+
650 – 54C
545 – 49C-
440 – 44D+
335 -39D
230 -34D-
10 -29E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR KISWAHILI

POINTS102; KISWAHILI
1278 – 100A
1173 – 77A-
1068 – 72B+
963 – 67B
858 – 62B-
753 – 57C+
648 – 52C
543 – 47C-
438 – 42D+
333 – 37D
228 – 32D-
10 – 27E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR MATHEMATICS

POINTS121; MATHEMATICS
1270 – 100A
1165 – 69A-
1060 – 64B+
955 – 59B
849 – 54B-
743 – 48C+
637 – 42C
531 – 36C-
425 – 30D+
319  – 24D
212 – 18D-
10 -11E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR BIOLOGY

POINTS231; BIOLOGY
1280 – 100A
1175 -79A-
1070 – 74B+
965- 69B
860 – 64B-
755 – 59C+
650 – 54C
545 – 49C-
440 – 44D+
335-39D
230-34D-
10 -29E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR PHYSICS

POINTS232; PHYSICS
1260 – 100A
1155 – 59A-
1050 – 54B+
945 – 49B
840 – 44B-
735 – 39C+
630 – 34C
525 – 29C-
420 – 24D+
 315 – 19D
210 – 14D-
10 – 9E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR CHEMISTRY

POINTS233; CHEMISTRY
1265 – 100A
1160 – 64A-
1055 – 59B+
950 – 54B
845 – 49B-
740 – 44C+
635 – 39C
530 – 34C-
425 – 29D+
320 – 24D
215 – 19D-
10 – 14E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR HISTORY & GOVERNMENT

POINTS311- HISTORY
1280 – 100A
1175 – 79A-
1070 – 74B+
965 – 69B
860 – 64B-
755 – 59C+
650 – 54C
545 – 49C-
440 – 44D+
335 – 39D
230 – 34D-
10 -29E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR GEOGRAPHY

POINTS312- GEOGRAPHY
1266 – 100A
1161 – 65A-
1056 – 60B+
 951 – 55B
846 – 50B-
741 – 45C+
636 – 40C
531 – 35C-
426 – 30D+
321 – 25D
216 – 20D-
10 – 15E

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CRE)

POINTS313- CRE
1290 – 100A
1185 – 89A-
1080 – 84B+
 975 – 79B
870 – 74B-
765 – 69C+
660 – 64C
555 – 59C-
450 – 54D+
345 – 49D
240 – 44D-
10 – 39E

 

KCSE GRADING SCALE FOR AGRICULTURE

POINTS443- AGRICULTURE
1288 – 100A
1183 – 87A-
1078 – 82B+
973 – 77B
868 – 72B-
763 – 67C+
658 – 62C
553 – 57C-
448 – 52D+
343 – 47D
238 – 42D-
10 – 37E

 

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