# How to calculate positions (1st,2nd,3rd...) in Excel

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hardy - Updated on Dec 19, 2022 at 11:30 AM
TrowaD Posts 2921 Registration date Sunday September 12, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen January 16, 2023 - Dec 12, 2022 at 11:09 AM

Hello,
hi sir/madam...i am doing some work with the students result in excel...but I faced a problem..it is simple but I havn't got dat in my mind...i have students total marks.now I wanna get the 1st 2nd 3rd...so on position of student leads from highest to lower one...

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hardy

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mubashir aziz Posts 190 Registration date Sunday April 12, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 16, 2010 161
Updated on Dec 4, 2018 at 01:43 AM
Suppose your data is in column b from 2 to 9 then in C2 you can post this formula and drag down ....

`=RANK(B2,\$B\$2:\$B\$9)`
But If there is more than one student in same position

like if three students got 2nd position and two students got 3rd than wots the formula...
rizvisa1 Posts 4479 Registration date Thursday January 28, 2010 Status Contributor Last seen May 5, 2022 767 > MAni
Mar 31, 2011 at 09:54 AM
Depends on what you want.

sample data 100,75,50,75,50,46,75,1,45,0
Sample data is in range A1:A10

If desired result should be like 1,2,5,2,5,7,2,9,8,10
So if three students got 2nd postion and two got third, and you want to say that those who are in third postion are actually at 5 position (1 for 1st, 3 for 2nd )
=RANK(A1, A\$1:A\$10,FALSE)
to reverse order : =RANK(A1, A\$1:A\$10,TRUE)

If desired result is 1,2,5,3,6,7,4,9,8,10
So it does not skip any number and rank the same number in sequence, So first person at 2nd postion is given rank 2, and 2nd person at postion 2, is given rank 3
=RANK(A1, A\$1:A\$10,FALSE)+COUNTIF(A\$1:A1,A1)-1
to reverse order =RANK(A1, A\$1:A\$10,TRUE)+COUNTIF(A\$1:A1,A1)-1

If desired result is 1,2,3,2,3,4,2,6,5,7
So if values are same, the rank is same and next ranking is to be sequencial, then you have to use an array formula. To enter array formula, type in the formula and press control, shift and enter key at the same time
=SUMPRODUCT(1 * (COUNTIF(OFFSET(A\$1,,,ROW(A\$1:A\$10)-ROW(A\$1)+1),A\$1:A\$10)=1) * (A\$1:A\$10>=A1))
to reverse order: =SUMPRODUCT(1 * (COUNTIF(OFFSET(A\$1,,,ROW(A\$1:A\$10)-ROW(A\$1)+1),A\$1:A\$10)=1) * (A\$1:A\$10<=A1))
HASHMAT > MAni
Apr 11, 2013 at 08:39 AM
A nice attempt
I am appreciating you on this favour