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NEET 2018 results out: Delhi girl ranks no. 1, 3 students from Maharashtra in top 50

7.14 lakh students from across India have qualified for medical and dental admissions; they will compete for 66,000 college seats.

education Updated: Jun 05, 2018 00:40 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
Krishna Agrawal from Nanded, Maharashtra, is in the top 50.
Krishna Agrawal from Nanded, Maharashtra, is in the top 50.

Three students, including the all-India rank 7 holder, from Maharashtra made it to the top 50 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2018 as the results were announced on Monday.

The nationwide examination was held to select students for undergraduate medical and dental courses.

Nanded’s Krishna Agrawal has bagged the all-India rank 7 in NEET result 2018 and wants to specialise in radiology. “I’m very keen on finishing my masters in radiology and hopefully will get a seat in New Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College for my Bachelor of Medicine, and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),” the 18-year-old said.

An avid reader, Agarwal has also represented his school in state-level badminton and cricket tournaments. “I also take out time to swim every day from my regular studies. I like to keep a balance between mental and physical workout,” said Agarwal, whose father is a paediatrician and mother a dentist.

Kalpana Kumari from Bihar bagged the all-India rank 1 with a percentile of 99.99.

Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) released the results for the NEET on Monday, a day before the official date of result announcement. The board’s data showed that out of over 12.69 lakh students who appeared for the exam across the country, 7.14 lakh have qualified for admissions to 66,000 seats in medical and dental courses across the country.

Maharashtra had the largest chunk of registrations this year with 1.82 lakh students registering for the all-India entrance exam, but less than 40% of them qualified for admissions. States with the highest number of students who cleared NEET 2018 include Uttar Pradesh, where 76,778 candidates qualified, followed by Kerala at 72,682 and 70,184 aspirants from Maharashtra.

The board said the qualifying criteria for NEET 2018 aspirants in the open category stood at the 50 percentile this year as well. However, the range of marks was lower compared to 2017. The eligibility for other reserved categories including Other Backward Classes (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) stands at 40 percentile and above.

Last year, the cut-off score for MBBS and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) aspirants was between 131-697 marks out of 720 but for NEET 2018 the 50 percentile includes students who have scored in the range of 119 and 691. Overall scores have dipped compared to last year, said experts, which has resulted in more students qualifying for admissions this year.

As opposed to 6.11 lakh students who had qualified for MBBS and BDS admissions last year, 7.14 lakh students have made the mark this year. Similarly, from the open category, 6.34 lakh students qualified for admissions this year as opposed to 5.43 lakh students in the same category last year.

Students across the country were unhappy that once again, CBSE did not accept any challenges made by students, thus making an impact on the overall NEET scores. “Students had found discrepancies in some of the questions and answers and were hoping to get the advantage of bonus marks for the same. The board, however, has not accepted a single challenge and that has affected the individual scores. Admissions will keep getting tougher,” said a professor, and mentor for several NEET aspirants.