With a score of distinct 100 percent, Soyeb Aftab from Odisha made the whole nation proud by clearing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The results were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Soyeb scored 720 marks out of a total of 720 in the test and seized the top cut in the all India merit list. This is for the first time that the candidates have scored a whole 100 percent in the NEET exam. Tummala Snikitha from Telanagana was placed on the third position in the all India merit list with a score of 715 out of 720 in the test.
But Soyeb wasn’t the only one to score 100 per cent mark, Akanksha Singh from Delhi also scored 720 out of a total of 720 marks. But the NTA placed her in the second position in the all India merit list. According to the Education Ministry official statement because of the tie break policy, they had to declare the first and second position of both the candidates despite the same score. When two candidates secure the same marks, their performance is compared by looking at the marks that they have attached in each of the subjects and the number of wrong answers that they gave. The difference in their age is also considered to break the tie. So, in this case, because Akanksha was older than Aftab, she was placed in the second position.
This year around 15.97 Lakh students registered for the entrance exam, which was conducted on 13th September and out of the 771500 students was qualified for the test. This year the percentage of applying candidates were increased with a higher rate, but due to the ongoing pandemic, many candidates didn’t show up. The number of candidates who skipped the examination was over 1.08 Lakh.
This year also the percentage of girls qualifying for the NEET was higher than the boys. Over 7.48 lakh women appeared for the test. Of them, a total of 4,27,943 students (57.14 percent) were declared as qualified. The number of men clearing the entrance exam remained at a little over 3.43 lakh out of a total of 6,18,075 students.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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