The results of the NEET 2018 Undergraduate examinations were announced around noon on June 4, and this year, over 12 lakh students appeared for the exam. The number is more than 2017, when 10 lakh students had written NEET. Of those who appeared for the exam this year, 7,14,563 students cleared the exam.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala had some of the highest number of students who gave NEET this year. While Maharashtra had the highest number of candidates who gave the test, at 1,77,353, Tamil Nadu had 1,14,602 students giving NEET. In Kerala, 1,08,907 medical aspirants gave the exam.
However, as far as percentages go, Andhra Pradesh saw one of the highest clearing rate for the exam. Of the 49,253 students who gave the exam, 35,732 cleared it – a solid 72.5%. This is the highest clearing percentage in the southern states. Only Delhi (73.7%) and Haryana (72.6%) have a higher pass percentage.
Tamil Nadu on the other hand did not fare so well. Only 39.6% of the students who appeared for NEET have cleared the test. Puducherry, too, has a pass percentage of 39.6.
In Kerala, the percentage stands at 66.7, and in Karnataka, 63.5% of students have cleared the test. Telangana saw 68.9% of candidates sailing through.
NEET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to admit students to medical and dental colleges across the country. The exam was held on May 6 this year.
This year, the cut-off for the admissions into MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges is lower than last year’s. For unreserved category students, the cut-off is 119, and the qualifying scores range from 119 to 691 (out of total of 720.) For SC, ST and OBC candidates, the cut-off is 96, and ranges up to 118. For candidates with disabilities in the general category, the cut-off is 107-118. For candidates with disabilities in the SC, ST and OBC categories, the cut-off is 96-106.