Only 35% of the total number candidates who appeared for the first all-India National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) for entry into medical and dental colleges across the country, have been declared qualified.
The results were announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education, which conducted the exam, on Wednesday.
Of the 96,546 candidates who appeared for the exam from Maharashtra, 33,964 qualified. Candidates from several other states had a better success rate including Delhi (73.8%), Gujarat (49.6%) and Bihar (57.1%).
“I was a little worried because this was a new exam and it was my second attempt at medical entrance tests,” said Sonal Chauhan, 18, who ranked third in the state, and finished Class 12 in Kendriya Vidyalaya number 3 in Colaba.
“I wasn’t expecting to do this well.”
The test will determine entry to 31,000 seats in 271 colleges across the country.