Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 16
The result of the medical entrance exam NEET was announced on Friday with Odisha’s Soyeb Aftab bagging the top rank with a perfect score.
Delhi girl Akansha Singh, who also got the score of 720 like Aftab, secured the second rank, according to officials of the National Testing Agency.
While both received similar percentile, officials say the older candidate among the two top scorers was given the first rank.
Meanwhile, Haryana’s Amrisha Khaitan secured third position among girls and fifth position in the All India Rank with a score of 715. Satwik Godra, also from Haryana, is ranked seventh and Ishita Garg from Punjab stood 24 in the merit list
A total of 7,71,500 candidates have qualified the exam for which over 13.66 lakh candidates had appeared.
The highest number of qualifying candidates are from Tripura (88,889) followed by Maharashtra (79,974). The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was conducted on September 13 amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gurkirat Singh of Chandigarh with a score 710 out of 720 marks has the AIR 15. Bhoomit Goyal from Punjab and Himanshi from Haryana are ranked 32 and 37, respectively, in the all India merit list.
Many candidates, including at third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranks, have received similar scores. According to officials a tie break based on subject marks, number of incorrect answers and age etc are used to allocate ranks.
The test was offered in 11 languages—English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu—this year. Based on the initial report, more than 77 per cent aspirants took the test in English, around 12 per cent in Hindi and 11 per cent in other languages.
The exam was earlier postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government decided to go ahead with it, despite opposition by a section, to mitigate any further academic loss.