The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test results have been announced late evening on November 1, 2021, by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The results were delayed due to a stay by the Bombay High Court based on the petition filed by two students who applied for a retest. The Supreme Court, however, lifted the stay on October 28, ending the wait of over 16 lakh aspirants who took the exam on September 12.
The NEET Exam is the qualifying exam for aspirants of MBBS, BDS, BSc (Nursing), and many other specialized courses. NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) and other entrances that were previously conducted at the center and state level, including the qualifying test that was earlier held separately by the country’s most prominent institution AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences).
Total Number of Students Who Cleared NEET
A total of 8,70,074 applicants have cleared the exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses. Compared to 2020, 1.77 lakh more candidates took the exam this year. Also, more candidates are listed this year compared to 2019 and 2020. The result of 15 candidates has been cancelled for adopting unfair means.
What do Gender-wise and Caste-wise break up the show?
Going with the previous trend, more women candidates qualified for NEET in comparison to men. Of the total qualified candidates, women account for 56.8 percent. 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 percent are SCs, 45.6 percent OBCs and 4.61 percent STs, as against last year’s 12.8 percent, 46.59 percent, and 4.38 percent respectively.
Are there any state-wise variations?
NTA has not yet released the detailed state-wise break-up. However, out of the top 20 applicants, three came from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, two each from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Delhi, and one each from Kerala, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat.
NEET-UG exam was held in 13 languages across 3800+ centers, including foreign centers in Kuwait and Dubai for the very first time. As many as 883 foreign candidates qualified for the exam as against last year.
The three topers – Mrinal Kutteri from Telangana, Tanmay Gupta from Delhi, and Karthika G Nair from Maharashtra scored the perfect 720 each. The overall qualifying marks however showed a dip this year in comparison to last year. The NEET cut-off score in the general category is 138 this year. In ST, SC, and OBC categories, the cut-off is 108 as against last year.
The Directorate General of Health Services will now conduct the counselling for 15 percent of all India quota seats, deemed universities, Central universities among others. The details and schedule of counselling would be available on the website. In the case of state quota seats and other seats falling under the realm of states, candidates will have to apply to their domicile states and merit list as per the state rules. The counselling for private medical colleges will also be directed by the concerned state counselling authorities.