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As notified by the NTA, the NEET UG 2023 exam us scheduled to be held on May 7, 2023. The National Testing Agency has made certain changes in the NEET 2023 tie-breaking policy. In addition to the existing three factors, NTA has introduced six more factors, which will be applicable during a tie-breaking situation. The tie-breaking policy for 2023 has been designed to shortlist and rank applicants based on their performance and basic eligibility.
The medical field has been one of the most sought-after disciplines in India, therefore, many MBBS, BDS, and other medical course aspirants will take their chance at clearing the exam. Due to the huge number of applicants and competition, there might be situations where two or more candidates score the same marks. In such cases, determining their ranks will be crucial. For this reason, the NTA has devised a tie-breaker policy that will allow all applicants to be fairly ranked and shortlisted for admissions. Find out all the details of the policy here.
Candidates are advised to stay updated with all the latest news and notification regarding NEET UG 2023. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has finally released the NEET Admit Card 2023on the official website of NTA . Candidates can download the NEET admit card from the official website and additional platforms like Digilocker and Umang App. On April 30, 2023, NEET UG 2023 City Intimation Slipwas released by NTA at neet.nta.nic.in. Keep an extra copy of these documents for future use. Kindly note that admit card is the most essential document, it will be useful throughout the NEET admission procedure. A few important documents have to be taken to the exam centre like admit card, passport-size photograph, a valid ID Proof (Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter ID card, etc) along with the PwD certification (If required).
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NEET Tie-Breaking Policy Explained
The three different policies that were put in action as per the rules and regulations of NTA till last year are explained below:
Policy Statement 1
Candidates who have obtained a higher score in NEET Biology will be considered first, over the other candidate/s.
For Example, let’s consider the contents given in the table below:
Marks Obtained in NEET Biology
As per the first policy and the contents mentioned above, Candidate B will be given preference over Candidate A and C. However, Candidate A will be given preference over Candidate C due to the marks obtained by the respective candidates.
This policy dictates that the candidate with the highest marks under the Biology section of the entrance exam will be ranked higher than the others. However, if all candidates have secured the same score in the section, Policy Statement 2 will be enforced.
Policy Statement 2
Candidates with a higher score in Chemistry will be ranked higher than others. Let’s take the example of Candidates A, B, and C as per the information provided below.
Marks Obtained in NEET Biology
Marks Obtained in NEET Chemistry
In the instance mentioned above, Candidate B will be given preference over Candidate A and C, as Candidate B has secured the highest score, with respect to both Policy Statement 1 and Policy Statement 2. Candidate C, on the other hand, will not be ranked higher despite scoring more than Candidate B in Chemistry because of the lesser marks in Biology as per the second policy.
For this statement to be implemented, all candidates must have scored the same score for Biology. However, if there is a situation where the candidates have been able to score the same marks in both Biology and Chemistry, Policy Statement 3 will be implemented.
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Policy Statement 3
Candidates with the least number of incorrect answers in all subjects including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, will be chosen over the other candidate/s. Let’s take the example of Candidates A, B, and C again:
No. of Incorrect Answers
As per the examples mentioned above, Candidate C will be preferred over Candidate B and C, meanwhile, Candidate A will be preferred over Candidate B only.
As per the statements that have been mentioned by the National Testing Agency, the ranking of the candidate will be 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 will further be shortlisted taking into consideration the number of answers that are incorrect.
If there is a situation where all the earlier statements are not applicable, i.e. all the candidates have secured the same scores in both subjects along with having the same number of incorrect answers, then the newly introduced policy statements will be implemented.
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Tie-Breaking Policy of NEET 2022
The tie-breaking policy comes in handy when two or more aspirants have secured the same rank. It helps in breaking the deadlock. Until last year, the NEET tie-breaking policy comprised only three factors that can be termed as follows:
Candidate securing higher percentile score/ marks in Biology (Botany & Zoology) in the Test, followed by,
Aspirants securing higher marks/percentile scores in Chemistry on the Test
If the above criteria are not fulfilled, then applicants with the number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in all subjects will be given priority over the others.
NEET 2023 Tie-Breaking Policy Revised
The NEET 2023 tie-breaking policy has undergone changes this year. From now onwards, in addition to the marks obtained in NEET, the policy will also include the age factor. Furthermore, the policy that included scores obtained in Biology and Chemistry only, will now include marks obtained in Physics as well to determine the final ranks of candidates. Let’s take a look at the revised NEET 2023 tie-breaking policy in order of preference:
Candidates obtaining higher percentile scores/marks in Biology in NEET 2023, followed by
Candidates obtaining higher percentile scores/marks in NEET 2023 Chemistry, followed by
Candidates scoring higher percentile scores/marks in Physics in NEET 2023, followed by
Applicants with a lesser number of incorrect answers in all three subjects of the NEET 2023 exam, followed by
Applicants with a lesser number of incorrect answers in Biology, followed by
Candidates with a lesser number of incorrect answers in Chemistry, followed by
Candidates with a lesser number of incorrect answers in NEET 2023 Physics, followed by
Candidates older in age, followed by
NEET 2023 Application numbers in the ascending order
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Changes Introduced in NEET 2023
Candidates must take note of the other changes that have been introduced this year along with the NEET 2023 tie-breaking formula. These are as follows:
NTA has increased the NEET 2023 exam duration by 20 minutes. Earlier, the exam was conducted for 3 hours but from now onwards, candidates will have 3 hours and 20 minutes to finish the paper.
The total number of NTA NEET exam centres has also increased. This year, the test will be conducted in centres in India and 14 test centres abroad.
The registration process was conducted in two phases this time.
The NEET 2023 application fee was also increased by INR 100.
The NEET 2023 exam will be conducted offline (pen-and-paper mode) on May 7. Apart from the changes mentioned above, there have not been any major changes in the exam pattern and marking system.
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NEET Exam Pattern 2023 & Marks Distribution
The exam pattern and marking marks distribution for NEET 2023 exam are tabulated below for candidates’ reference:
Aspirants are advised to keep the NTA NEET marking scheme in mind:
Each correct answer will fetch +4 marks
Each incorrect answer will earn you -1 mark
Each question left unanswered will fetch 0 marks
Candidates must be careful and confident when attempting the NEET 2023 exam since negative markings will be applicable for each of the subjects. In case of a tie, the NEET 2023 tie-breaking policy introduced by NTA will be put into action.
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We hope the article has been helpful to aspirants seeking clarity about the tie-breaking policy for NEET 2023. Team CollegeDekho wishes all candidates good luck for the upcoming exams.
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