How to Rank Numbers without Repetitive Ranks in Excel

This post will guide you how to rank range numbers with unique ranking in Excel. How do I use Rank function to get the unique ranking of values for a range with duplicate values in Excel 2013/ 2016.

Ranking without Repetitive Ranks

Assuming that you try to use the RANK function to sort values in a range of cells with two or more duplicate values. And the RANK function will return the same ranking of values for some duplicate values.

For example, if I have a list of data contain number values in column A (10,12,12,14,16), it return the ranking of values as 5,4,4,2,1 in another column. So the returned result is not your expected. And how do I get the results as: 5,4,3,2,1 for this example. You need to use a formula based on RANK function in combination with COUNTIF function to achieve the result of getting the unique ranking values.

Here is a formula that used to sort numbers with unique ranking:


Type this formula in Cell B1, and press Enter key on your keyboard, and then drag the Fill Handle down till B5.

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You would notice that the unique ranking numbers are calculated in descending order.


If you want to get the unique ranking values in ascending order for a range of cells, you can use another formula based on the RANK function and the COUNTIF function. Like this:


Type this formula in Cell C1, and press Enter key on your keyboard, and then drag the Fill Handle down till C5.

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Related Functions

  • Excel COUNTIF function
    The Excel COUNTIF function will count the number of cells in a range that meet a given criteria. This function can be used to count the different kinds of cells with number, date, text values, blank, non-blanks, or containing specific characters.etc.= COUNTIF (range, criteria)…
  • Excel Rank function
    The Excel RANK function returns the rank of a given number in a supplied range of cells.  If there are duplicated values in a list of values, it will be set the same rank.The syntax of the RANK function is as below:= RANK (number,ref,[order])….
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