NEET 2020: NTA declares results; Odisha boy tops with record 100%3 min read . Updated: 16 Oct 2020, 11:17 PM IST
- 'There is no doctor in my family, so I didn't expect this. I had hoped to make it to top 100 or top 50 but I never expected to score 720/720,' says Soyeb Aftab
- Over 7.7 lakh candidates cleared NEET exam this year, says National Testing Agency
New Delhi: The results of medical entrance exam NEET were announced on Friday. Odisha's Soyeb Aftab secured All India Rank 1, with the perfect score, said National Testing Agency. Delhi girl Akansha Singh secured the second rank.
Odisha's Soyeb Aftab and Delhi's Akansha Singh have scored 720 out of 720 marks but Aftab has been ranked first and Singh second as per the NTA's tie-breaking policy, the officials said, PTI reported.
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.
"There is no doctor in my family, so I didn't expect this. I had hoped to make it to top 100 or top 50 but I never expected to score 720/720. The exam was being postponed, so there was a lot of pressure. But the goal was to stay calm and utilise time," said Aftab.
Students who could not appear for the exam due to COVID-19 infection or because of containment zone restrictions also got a chance to appear for it on 14 October.
The final answer key for NEET 2020 has been released by the National Testing Agency today and is available here.
Ahead of the release of the results, Pokhriyal had thanked National Testing Agency "for giving a new cohort of Doctors this year".
“I thank DG_NTA for giving a new cohort of Doctors this year. Exams were conducted during “testing" times and the spirit of Cooperative Federalism was clearly visible. I thank all the Chief Ministers for the same. Students who couldn’t make it, please don’t feel disheartened. Opportunities in other sectors are waiting for you. An exam cannot define you. The country needs your intellect and acumen in those sectors. As new doctors give the momentum to Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji's vision of #AatmaNirbharBharat, I urge them to serve in rural areas and needy population in future," he tweeted.
How to check NEET 2020 result:
- All the candidates who appeared for the NEET 2020 exam can visit the NTA's official website – ntaneet.nic.in or mcc.nic.in.
- The candidates will then have to click on "NEET Exam Results 2020 link.
- The candidates will then have to enter the credentials like examination roll number, date of birth and other required details in the provided fields in the website.
- Finally click on the 'submit' button.
- Download and take a print out of the result copy.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test was conducted on 13 September amid strict precautions in view of the covid-19 pandemic.
From this year, the admissions to MBBS course in the 13 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, will also be made through NEET following the amendment in National Medical Commission Act, 2019, passed by Parliament last year.
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 pandemic and the government decided to go ahead with it, despite opposition by a section, to mitigate any further academic loss.
The National Testing Agency had set in place strict standard operating procedures in view of the pandemic, including measures like reducing the number of candidates per room from the earlier 24 to 12.
The NTA had also increased the number of centres from 2,546 in 2019 to 3,862 this year to ensure crowd management and staggered entry and exit protocols. Unlike the engineering entrance (JEE), NEET-UG, the medical admission test, is a pen and paper exam and held once a year.