NEET 2020 results were announced on October 16 by the National Testing Agency (NTA) at 5 pm. The earlier exam date was postponed twice due to the nationwide covid lockdown, but the center went ahead with the exam on September 13 to mitigate further academic loss. Candidates also received the final answer key in the afternoon at ntaneet.nic .The link, however, broke due to heavy traffic and the results are now available at ntaresults.nic.in.
Over 14.37 lakh people appeared for the medical entrance exam, and around 7.7 lakh aspirants have qualified the exam. According to NTA stats, there is a slump of 3.2% in the number of qualifiers even though the number of registrations had a spike of 5.14% than the previous year.
Two students stunned medical aspirants around the country with their perfect 720 marks. They were Odisha's Soyeb Aftar and Uttar Pradesh's Akansha Singh. However, NTA could not give the golden topper seat to both the students. Akansha's younger age was a tiebreaker, making Soyeb the All India Topper and slipping Akansha to rank 2.
Clarifying their position, NTA officials said, "The candidate's ranking is initially determined based on the scores obtained in Biology and Chemistry. Following these, in cases where the candidates cannot be shortlisted using the scores obtained in the examination, candidates are further shortlisted considering the number of incorrect answers, following which they are then shortlisted depending on their age. The elder one gets the preference,"
Tummala Snikitha (Telangana), Vineet Sharma (Rajasthan), Amrisha Khaitan (Haryana), and Guthi Chaitanya Sindhu (Andhra Pradesh) have scored 715 out of 720 marks. However, concurrently, they were ranked third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Likewise, those ranked from 8th to 20th have scored 710 marks, and those ranked from 25th to 50th have scored 705 out of 720 marks.
NTA holds NEET exams every year for admission to all prestigious medical colleges in the country. About 15 lakh students appear for the exams to secure their seats and materialize their dream of studying medicine. The test can be taken in eleven languages, including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
With the Medical Commission Act of 2019, aspirants can secure admissions to MBBS courses in all 13 AIIMS institutes along with JIMPER. 15% of seats are reserved in every college under the All India Quota by the center while the respective states occupy the rest.
Thousands of students who cleared the exam are waiting with bated breaths for the merit list release and college cut-offs. The country's top colleges have intimated that they will release their cut-offs very soon, based on which students can secure their admissions. However, no official dates have been released as of yet.