Kakashi told the group that there is 66 per cent failure rate, that means only 9 of the 27 academy graduates can pass. And it's in the hand of jonin who is instructing a group of 3, whether he/she want to pass his group or not. So what if all jonin want to pass their group, then how the failure rate would be maintained in that case?

From Naruto SQ EP4 @7:04

  • Is that an absolute limit, or an observation? Does it actually mean that only nine can pass, or that (on average) of a class of 27, nine will pass?
    – Mary
    Mar 31, 2022 at 0:09
  • The latter one, of a class of 27, nine will pass.
    – somanshu
    Mar 31, 2022 at 19:30
  • Which episode/chapter is the from? I don't read the manga, but I don't recall this scene every showing in the anime Mar 31, 2022 at 20:30
  • Naruto season 1 episode 4 at 7:04
    – somanshu
    Mar 31, 2022 at 22:20

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The rate is a measurement, not a rule. If the 27 students had passed, they'd all become genin. The 66% rate is just the statistics considering the rate of graduation up to that point.

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