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NEET 2022 Ranking System: Know How Marks and Ranks are Calculated

RupsaUpdated On: July 19, 2022 12:42 pm IST | NEET

If you have appeared for the NTA NEET exam this year, you must be wondering what would be a good rank to get you through your dream college! Go through this article to find out all about the NEET 2022 Ranking system and predict your college. 

NEET Ranking System

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was conducted on July 17 for admission to various undergraduate programs in medical and dental colleges all over India. The conducting authority, National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the NEET 2022 result tentatively in August.

With over 18 lakh students fighting for numbered seats, getting admission to the top-ranked NEET colleges is extremely tough. Furthermore, the demand for government medical colleges due to their affordable fee structure makes it all the more challenging for students to secure a seat there. Therefore, candidates must score a competitive rank well above the NEET 2022 cutoff to get a seat in the preferred institute. If you want to find out about the NEET 2022 ranking system, then read the full article.

NEET 2022 Ranking System 

Candidates who appeared for the NTA NEET 2022 exam need to be aware of the marking scheme to calculate their rank. NEET 2022 ranking system depends on the marks scored by candidates in the entrance exam and the previous year’s score trends. The NEET 2022 marks vs rank tend to change every year based on a number of factors. If wondering about your rank in NEET 2022 and can’t wait till the result announcement, you can check your expected rank with the NEET Rank Predictor tool designed by CollegeDekho. 

NEET 2022 Ranking System – Factors that Affect the Rank

The following factors will determine the rank of students in the NTA NEET exam:

  • The total number of candidates who appeared for the exam 

  • NEET 2022 difficulty level

  • Previous year’s score trends

  • Total marks obtained in the exam

NEET 2022 Ranking System - Marks Vs Rank Previous Year Analysis

Mentioned below are the highlights of NEET marks vs rank previous year’s analysis, based on which students can have an idea of the qualifying scores and the highest marks scored by a candidate in the last 5 years. 


Highest Marks Scored in NEET

Qualifying Score for Unreserved Category
















NEET 2022 Ranking System - Marking Scheme

The total marks allotted to the NTA NEET exam are 720. While each correct answer is worth +4 marks, each incorrect answer will fetch a -1 mark. Candidates are thus advised to keep the marking scheme in mind when calculating the total estimated scores for NEET 2022 exam:

  • +4 marks are rewarded for every correct answer

  • -1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer

  • 0 marks are allotted for questions left unattempted

NEET 2022 Ranking System - How to Calculate NEET Scores 

To know the NEET 2022 Rank, candidates will have to get an estimate of their scores first. Students can analyze their scores based on the NEET 2022 Answer Key provided on the CollegeDekho website. It has all the correct answers and solutions to the NEET question papers for the ease of candidates. 

Here is how students can calculate their NEET scores 2022:

  • Tally all the responses with the NEET 2022 answer key as per the NEET question paper codes

  • Tally the total number of correct answers to calculate NEET 2022 scores say ‘P’

  • Keep in mind that no marks will be given in case of multiple answers being marked. 

  • Calculate the total number of incorrect answers, say ‘N’

  • Now, use the below formula to get an estimate of the total NEET marks obtained – 

NEET 2022 score = [4 x (Number of Correct Responses)] – [1 x (Number of Incorrect Responses)]

  • Once you have your probable NEET scores 2022 calculated, you can check your rank and find out the probable options for colleges where you can apply for admission.

NEET 2022 Ranking System – NEET Tie Breaker Criteria

When the competition is so high, the chances of two or more students securing identical marks are quite high. In such an event, the NEET tie-breaker rule by NTA will be applicable to resolve the tie and assign individual ranks to them. Based on these rules, in the order stated below, each student will be assigned a rank. The tie-breaker criteria are as follows

  • If two or more candidates end up scoring the same marks, their Biology marks will be taken as a tie-breaker and the candidate who gets a higher score in Biology will be assigned a higher rank.

  • If that fails to break the tie, then their Chemistry marks will be taken into consideration. The student securing higher marks in Chemistry will be awarded a higher rank. 

  • If the tie remains unresolved, then the marks obtained in Physics will be considered and the one who has higher scores on the subject will get the higher position.

  • Next, to further resolve the tie, the candidate who answers the maximum number of questions correctly will be assigned a higher rank.

  • In case the tie among students exists even then, the candidate with the lesser number of wrong answers in Biology will rewarded a higher rank.

  • If that fails to break the tie, the next will step will be to calculate the number of incorrect responses in Chemistry. Whoever answers the least number of wrong questions in Chemistry will get the higher rank. 

  • If the tie persists even then, the number of correct responses in Physics will be calculated. The candidate with the least number of incorrect answers in Physics will be assigned a higher rank. 

  • In case that fails to break the tie, the age of the candidate will be taken into consideration and the older candidate will be assigned a higher rank.

  • Lastly, if the tie remains unresolved, candidates will be assigned a higher rank based on the ascending order of their NEET application number.

NEET 2022 Ranking System – How to Calculate NEET Percentile Score

NEET percentile simply denotes how many students taking the entrance exam have scored less or more than a particular candidate. It is calculated in comparison to the NEET raw score of the topper and represents the candidate's position below the NEET topper and above others.

If you know your NEET score, it will be easier for you to find out the percentile scores using the following formula:

P = Percentile
N = Total number of applicants taking the test

R = Rank obtained by the competitor

Then, P = [(N – P)/P] X 100

Thus, if a candidate has secured the 50th rank in NEET 2022 and 5,00,000 applicants have appeared for the exam, then

P = [(5,00,000 – 50)/5,00,000] x 100

Percentile Scores (P) = 99.99

NEET 2022 Ranking System- Marks Range 

Students with a score above 600 in NEET stand a very good chance of getting through the top government medical colleges in India.  The table below provides better information about NEET 2022 scores and competitiveness:

NEET 2022 Marks Range



Very Good







As per the NTA NEET guidelines, a candidate’s All India Rank (AIR) is determined based on the marks obtained in the examination. Keep in mind that the best colleges will take the candidate’s AIR before offering a seat. Therefore, it is imperative to secure a good rank in NEET 2022

NEET 2022 Ranking System – Admission to Courses with Low NEET Rank

While securing a good rank in NEET is vital to seeking admission to the top NEET colleges, candidates scoring a low rank must not lose hope as there are many options for other courses. These candidates can shift their careers and opt for any of the following courses:

  • Pursue a course as a Nutritionist/Medical Lab Technologist/Phlebotomist

  • Pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy

  • Pursue a 3-year Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology dealing with the biomolecular processes of invention and development. 

Find out more about Courses to pursue with a low NEET rank here. 

NEET is certainly one of the toughest entrance exams to crack but in the last couple of years, students have scored a perfect 720, which clearly implies that securing an excellent rank and getting through the top MBBS and BDS colleges does not have to be a distant dream. 

If you can’t wait to know which college you might get through based on your estimated NEET 2022 Rank, use our NEET College Predictor and find out now!

We hope this article clears all your doubts regarding the NEET 2022 Ranking system. For more information and the latest updates, stay tuned to CollegeDekho! Also, if you are looking for admission-related assistance, fill out the Common Admission Form (CAF) on our website, or get on a call with our experts at 1800-572-9877.

Good Luck!

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