NEET 2021 Updates: Expected Result Date & Ranking Criteria

The 2021 edition of the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on the 12th of September 2021 in over 201 towns/cities in India and even at a new centre in Dubai. Approximately over 15.3 lakh students are said to have appeared for the 2021 NEET Exam. The NEET Exam is an entrance test for students seeking a seat in India’s best medical colleges, the exam is also a qualifying exam for students who wish to pursue medical qualification abroad or other courses which require NEET qualification for eligibility.

As per the trends of the previous years, the results of the 2021 NEET exam have been usually released within a month from the date of the exam. According to this trend, the results of 2021 NEET exam is expected to be declared in the first week of October or by October 10th at the latest. Students who have appeared for the 2021 NEET exam can check their results in the results section on the NTA page for NEET – once the results are out.

The answer key for the 2021 NEET Exam is expected to be out by 25th – 27th September and students can verify the answers & compare with their answers to get an idea of how much score they can expect. Students can and will have time to raise objections for corrections in the answers & answer key, the NTA will review the objections and make corrections if necessary. Corrections in the answer key may cause a delay in the declaration of the results and the final rankings will be announced once the NTA has physically verified the score of top ranked students to prevent any fraud/proxy students to get away with use of illegal methods to cheat.

For this year’s NEET exam, the ranking criteria has been altered to make it a more consistent and fairer process. If there is tie between two candidates scoring the same number of marks, the candidate with the higher score in Biology will get the higher rank. In case of tie of marks & a tie in score of Biology, the candidate with higher marks in Chemistry will get preference. If it so happens that 2 candidates tie in marks, as well as in Biology & Chemistry score which would mean they scored the same number of marks in Physics as well – in such a case the candidate with the least number of wrong answers will be given preference.

The total marks that can be scored in the NEET exam is 720. The criteria for qualification will be scoring at least 50% marks i.e., 360 marks for candidates of unreserved/general quota. Candidates with reservations must secure at least 40% marks i.e., 288 marks. Students of PwD category need to secure minimum of 45% marks i.e., 324 marks for NEET qualification.

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