Every year, thousands of students take the NEET exam, one of India’s most challenging medical entrance exams. However, relatively few people are able to pass NEET and get into the medical institutes of their choice. This is not because of the difficulty level of the exam, but due to the high competition. This year, NEET happened on July 17, 2022 (Sunday), from 2:00 pm to 05:20 pm, at various centres situated in 497 cities across the nation, including 14 cities outside India. This NEET exam for undergraduate medical courses was written by 18,72,343 candidates. The exam was also conducted for the first time in Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Doha, Colombo, Singapore, Manama, Muscat, Riyadh and Sharjah. This entrance assessment is mandatory for all medical aspirants to pursue medicine in India.
An Overview of NEET
The exam was scheduled on July 17, and the admit card was already made available on July 12, 2022. An autonomous government agency called National Testing Agency, or NTA, administers the NEET admission exam every year. The official NTA website will provide NEET previous year question paper as well as the current (2022) question paper for reference. NTA also releases the results, OMR sheet and scorecard for the exam. The scorecard carries the following pieces of information:
- Subject-wise score
- Total score
- Percentile score
- Cut-off score
- All India Rank
Candidates who pass this exam can submit an online application for additional counselling. The candidate’s acceptance to their top-choice medical institution will be determined by the final counselling procedure. Let’s look at what one should do now that the NEET written exam is over.
NEET Results and Cut-offs
The NEET UG 2022 result has reportedly been made public on the official NTA website on September 7. Candidates who took the NEET 2022 exam can now view and download their scorecards. According to NTA, this will be made available online only till September 30. Along with the results, the agency also released the top performers’ names and category-specific cutoff scores.
The difficulty level of the NEET 2022 question paper, the total number of seats available, and the total number of students taking the NEET 2022 exam are used to determine the cut-off. The minimum passing score for the NEET test is known as the NEET qualifying cut-off. However, the NEET 2022 cut-off refers to the final score that will be accepted for BDS/MBBS admission. To understand this, one must know how the scores are calculated.
How Are NEET Marks Calculated?
The NEET question paper comprises 180 objectives carrying four marks each. Thus, the NEET total marks are 720. The NTA also released the official answer key on their website. Candidates can match the answers from the key and can award four marks for every correct answer. Likewise, for every incorrect response, one mark must be deducted. Unattempted questions carry no marks. Candidates can also calculate the NEET percentile with the help of the topper’s score, and the actual NEET score obtained. All these details are provided in the NEET scorecard itself. With this information, the eligible ones can proceed to the counselling process.
NTA is in charge of organising the exam and announcing the results in accordance with the eligibility requirements given by the National Medical Commission or NMC. The NTA assigns the candidates with All India Rank and compiles a merit list based on the All India Rank for the BDS and MBBS seats that fall under their purview. NTA has no significant role in the further counselling process. Based on the merit list provided by NTA, MCC conducts counselling for BDS/MBBS courses, and AACCC conducts for AYUSH courses.