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NEET results, explained: Cut off marks, gender and caste-wise break up

NEET Result 2021: A look at the top 20 candidates show that three each come from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, two each from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi, and one each from Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat.

NEET 2021 cutoff percentile, NEET Cutoff 2021NEET Cutoff 2021: Aspirants enter an examination centre to write the NEET entrance exam in Chandigarh. (Express Photo: Kamleshwar Singh)

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results, the gateway to undergraduate medical seats in colleges across India, were announced late evening on Monday by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The results were delayed due to a stay by the Bombay High Court based on a petition by two students for a retest. The Supreme Court, however, lifted the stay on October 28, ending the long wait of over 16 lakh aspirants who took the exam on September 12.

NEET-UG is the qualifying test for aspirants of MBBS, BDS, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, and BSc (Nursing) courses.

NEET replaced the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) and other entrances that were previously conducted at the centre and state levels, including the qualifying test that used to be held separately by the country’s most prestigious medical institution AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences).

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How many candidates have qualified NEET-UG this year?

A total of 8,70,074 candidates have cleared the exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses, out of 1,544,275 who took the exam, as against 1,614,777 registered candidates. Compared to 2020, 1.77 lakh more candidates took the exam this year. Also, more candidates registered this year compared to 2019 and 2020, when 1,519,375 and 1,597,435 candidates had registered respectively. The result of 15 candidates has been cancelled for adopting unfair means.

What does the gender-wise and caste-wise break up show?

Keeping with the past trend, more women candidates qualified NEET as against men. Of the total qualified candidates, women account for 56.8 per cent, up from last year’s 55.46 per cent. The share of women among successful candidates was 57.11 per cent in 2019. Among the top 20 candidates there are two women – Karthika G Nair and Vaishnavi Sarda from Maharashtra. Category-wise break-ups of the qualifying candidates show that 13.12 per cent are SCs, 45.6 per cent OBCs and 4.61 per cent STs, as against last year’s 12.8 per cent, 46.59 per cent and 4.38 per cent respectively.

Are there any state-wise variations?

The NTA has not yet released the detailed state-wise break ups. However, a look at the top 20 candidates show that three each come from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, two each from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi, and one each from Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat. The exam was held in 13 languages across 3,858 centres, including in foreign centres Kuwait and Dubai for the first time. As many as 883 foreign candidates qualified, as against last year’s 878 and 687 in 2019.


What about the qualifying cut offs?

Three candidates who share the top rank — Mrinal Kutteri (Telangana), Tanmay Gupta (Delhi) and Karthika G Nair (Maharashtra) — scored perfect 720 each. The overall qualifying marks, however, showed a dip this year, compared to 2020. Cut-off scores in general category is 138 this year, compared to 147 in 2020. In ST, SC and OBC categories, the cut-off is 108, as against last year’s 113.The cut offs for general/EWS PwD has been fixed at 122 against 129 in 2020.

What next?

The National Testing Agency, which comes under the Ministry of Education, clarified that its mandate is limited to conduct the examination and declare the results. The Directorate General of Health Services will now conduct the counselling for 15 per cent

all India quota seats, deemed Universities, central Universities, and seats of BHU and AMU among others. The details and schedule of counselling would be available on the websites of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Directorates of States.


In the case of state quota seats, and other seats falling under the ambit of states, candidates will have to apply to their domicile states and merit list as per state rules. The counselling for private medical colleges will also be conducted by the concerned state counselling authorities.

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First published on: 02-11-2021 at 12:21 IST
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