Before selecting a course to pursue in College or University it is necessary that you understand how the Kuccps cluster points are calculated. These cluster points determine whether you qualify for a certain course or not.

How to Calculate Cluster Points KUCCPS

The formula below is used when calculating weight cluster points


The symbols in that formula have specified meaning.

Symbol description.

S/N Symbol Description
1 w Weighted Cluster Point
2 c Raw Cluster Point
3 a  Aggregate Cluster Point
4 m Maximum performance index per cluster for all students and subjects
5 r  Raw cluster performance index per cluster for all subjects enrolled
6 api Aggregate performance index
7 spi Maximum performance index


Different tertiary institutions all use own cluster even for similar classes. As thus, the cluster points cut off for the same course in different institutions are not similar.

These dynamics collectively necessitate the need for students to determine their cluster points before settling on a particular course of study.

Factors that influence cluster points

Below are some of the factors that influence the grading system regarding clusters

1. Cluster Subjects for A Student

Group Subjects Selection Recommended

Group I Mathematics Compulsory 3



Group II Physics At least two 2



Group III Geography At least one 1


History & Govt

Hindu Rel. Ed

Group IV Aviation

Comp Studies


Metal Work


Art and design

Power mechanics

Building and construction

Group V German



Business studies


2. Grade Points

Every academic course offered in higher learning require a minimum of four primary subjects. For this reason, cluster point calculation encompasses these subjects irrespective of its group. Below is a breakdown of KCSE grading points.

Grade Points

A 12

A- 11

B+ 10

B 9

B- 8

C+ 7

C 6

C- 5

D+ 4

D 3

D- 2

E 1

3. Raw cluster points

Raw cluster points are calculated using four grading subjects concerning the course requirements

Subject Grade Grading points

Mathematics A- 11

Physics B- 8

Chemistry B 9

Business studies A- 11

39 -raw cluster points

After directing the public on how to calculate cluster points for universities admissions, KUCCPS is now in the limelight of receiving student placement results.

Many students are reportedly experiencing difficult times in comprehending how to calculate KCSE cluster points.

The ambivalence affects the placement process with many students likely to land on unpredictable courses.

The ongoing second revision grants applicants who did not participate in the first revision.

The exercise mainly features students who qualified for the government-sponsored program by attaining at least a C+ in their aggregate mean grade in KCSE national examination.

It is now easier to calculate cluster points for intake using JAB compliant formulas.

The process has continually been simplified to help applicant focus on proper career choice as opposed to hard metrics.

You should also note that all cluster point values are edited annually by KUCCPS.

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