NEW DELHI: The results of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS admissions for 2018 announced on Monday & showed even lower cut-offs than last year. The cut-off for the unreserved category is down from 131 out of 720 marks last year to 119 this year, while the one for the reserved categories has dropped by a similar margin from 107 to 96. Over 7 lakh students from the 13 lakh plus who appeared for the exam have qualified to join medical college.
• A lower eligibility cut-off would mean that students with even lower percentage of marks will be eligible for MBBS.
• Last year, 11,114 students who scored 270 or less out of 720 got admission into medical colleges, mostly in private colleges.
• By the percentile system, last year, a student scoring 270 was within the 80th percentile.
A lower eligibility cut-off for NEET would mean that students with even lower percentage of marks will be eligible to get admission for MBBS. In case you thought just being eligible would not allow those with poor scores to get admission.
Incidentally, because there are no cut-offs specified for individual subjects within NEET, there were several cases last year of people who qualified and got admission into medical colleges with scores of zero or even negative marks in chemistry or physics. With the cut-offs dropping further this year in terms of percentage marks (though remaining the same in percentile terms).
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