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NEET 2021 Tie-Breaker Policy

Cyril Titus Zachariah
Cyril Titus ZachariahPublished On: January 14, 2021

Here are the rules and regulations that have been formed by the National Testing Agency to combat a situation of a tie in scores. Check out the NEET 2020 Tie-breaker policy, which dictates the criteria for ranking students if one or more candidates have received the same overall score.

NEET 2021 Tie-Breaker Policy

The National Testing Agency has developed and designed a NEET 2021 tie-breaker policy which will be applicable during a tie-breaking situation. The NEET-2021 tie-breaking policy has been designed to shortlist and rank applicants based on their performance and basic eligibility.

Medical has been one of the most sought after discipline in India, therefore, many MBBS, BDS and other medical courses aspirants will take their chance at clearing the exam. The huge number of applicants will bound to result in an exact same overall result. For this reason, the NEET conducting body has designed a tie-breaker policy which will allow all applicants to be fairly ranked and shortlisted for the admissions. Here is the tie-breaker policy, as defined by the National Testing Agency.

NEET 2021 Tie Breaker Policy: Explained

As per the rules and regulations, there are four different policies which will be enforced during a tie-breaking situation. Here are the four factors that will come into action during such a situation:

  • Policy Statement-1: Candidates who have obtained a higher score in Biology in NEET 2021, will be considered first, over the other candidate/s.

For Example, let’s consider the contents given in the table below:

Candidate

Marks Obtained in NEET Biology

A

265

B

300

C

245

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 the marks Obtained 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, the policy number-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.

Candidate

Biology

Chemistry

A

300

135

B

300

156

C

296

160

In the instance mentioned above, Candidate B will be given preference over Candidates A and C, as Candidate has secured the highest score, with respect to both Policy statement-1 and Policy statement-2. Candidate C, even though was able to score higher than Candidate B, however, the C was not able to score similar to Candidates A and B.

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, the Policy Statement-3 will be implemented.

  • Policy Statement-3: Candidates with the least number of incorrect answers in all subjects including Biology, Chemistry and Physics, they will be chosen over the other candidate/s.

Let’s take the example of Candidates A, B and C again.

Candidate

No. of Incorrect Answers

A

25

B

40

C

20

As per the examples mentioned above, Candidate C will be prefered over Candidate B and C, meanwhile, Candidate A will be prefered over Candidate B only.

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 Policy Statement-4 will be implemented.

  • Policy Statement-4: Candidates who are older in age will be given preference over the younger ones.

Taking the example of Candidate A, B and C;

Candidate

Age (Born on)

A

May 20th 2000

B

June 6th 2001

C

April 5th 2000

As per the information provided above, with respect to the policy statement-4, Candidate C will be prefered over Candidate A and B. However, Candidate will be prefered over Candidate B.

Breakdown of NEET 202 Tie-Breaker Policy

To better under the policy, check out the breakdown of NEET 2020 tie-breaker policy, mentioned below.

Candidate

Total Marks Obtained

Marks in Biology

Marks in Chemistry

No. of Incorrect Answers

Age (Born on)

A

630

295

150

30

15th April 2000

B

630

300

130

23

7th May 2001

C

630

295

150

25

14th January 2001

D

630

300

145

20

6th August 2000

E

630

300

145

20

19th October 2000

Also Read:Check out the NEET Exam Day Rules and Regulations like Things To Carry and Reporting

As per the information that has been provided in the table and keeping the NEET 2021 Tie-breaking policy in mind, the candidates will be ranked in the following manner:

  • Rank 1 - Candidate D

  • Rank 2 - Candidate E

  • Rank 3 - Candidate B

  • Rank 4 - Candidate C

  • Rank 5 - Candidate A

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, following which they will further be shortlisted depending on their age.

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