Become Job Ready with CollegeDekho Assured Program
Learn More

NEET 2023 Tie-Breaker Policy

RupsaUpdated On: May 05, 2023 03:54 pm IST

NTA has updated the NEET 2023 tie-breaking rules to combat a situation of a tie among candidates. Check out the revised NEET 2023 Tie-breaker policy here to clear all confusion and prepare for the NEET exam accordingly. 

Are you feeling lost and unsure about what career path to take after completing 12th standard?

Say goodbye to confusion and hello to a bright future!

NEET 2022 Tie-Breaker Policy

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 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). 

Also Read: Retrieve NEET 2023 Login Application Number and Password 

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.

Also Read: NEET 2023 Marks vs Rank

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.

Also Read: Class 12th CBSE Result

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: 

  1. Candidate securing higher percentile score/ marks in Biology (Botany & Zoology) in the Test, followed by,

  2. Aspirants securing higher marks/percentile scores in Chemistry on the Test

  3. 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

Also Read: NEET 2023 Cutoff for Government Colleges

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. 

Also Check: What is a Good Score for NEET UG 2023?

NEET Exam Pattern 2023 & Marks Distribution

The exam pattern and marking marks distribution for NEET 2023 exam are tabulated below for candidates’ reference:







Section A



3 hours

20 minutes

Section B




Section A



Section B



Biology (Botany)

Section A



Section B



Biology (Zoology)

Section A



Section B






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. 

Also Read: List of Documents Required for NEET 2023 Counselling for MBBS Admission

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. 

​​Helpful Articles:

For the latest news and updates related to NEET Cutoff 2023, stay tuned to our website. 


Is there any tie-breaker policy in NEET 2023?

Yes, there is a tie-breaker policy that will be used in a tie-breaking circumstance i.e., when candidates secure equal scores.


Who releases the NEET tie-breaker policy 2023?

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has designed the NEET tie-breaker policy.


Will an applicant with higher marks in NEET 2023 Biology be given preference over others in a tie breaking situation?

Yes, candidates scoring higher marks in NEET 2023 Biology will be ranked higher than others.

Is age taken into account when dissolving tie breaker situations?

Yes, older candidates will be given advantage over younger ones only when other factors don't resolve a tie breaking situation.

How will a situation where candidates' Chemistry results are comparable be resolved?

Candidates with the fewest erroneous responses across all exam sections will be ranked higher than others.

How will a tie-breaking situation be handled if applicants' Biology scores are similar?

In this situation, candidates with higher scores in Chemistry will be ranked higher than the others.

Suppose Candidate A and B score exactly 700 in NEET while the Biology score of candidate A and B are 300 & 280 respectively. Who will be ranked higher?

According to NEET tie-breaker policy, candidate A will be ranked higher than candidate B due to higher scores in Biology.

Can all the factors be applied to candidates?

Yes, all nine factors may come into play one by one if a tie persists between two or more candidates.

How many factors will come into play in a tie-breaking situation?

In total nine factors will be considered (one by one) while tackling a tie breaking situation.

Does NEET tie- breaker policy apply to all categories of candidates?

Yes, it applies to all the candidates irrespective of their categories.

View More
View All Questions

Related Questions

I have interest join in bvsc so call me

-tharaneshkUpdated on May 24, 2023 03:38 PM
  • 2 Answers
Aditya, Student / Alumni

Krantisinh Nana Patil College of Veterinary Science Satara BVSc admissions are offered to candidates who have passed Class 12 in Science with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory subjects from a recognised board. Interested candidates can apply for Krantisinh Nana Patil College of Veterinary Science admission through the official website.


kya mera addmission ho sakta hai bhms me kya without neet other state se hu

-Mohd SuhelUpdated on May 23, 2023 06:42 PM
  • 1 Answer
Priya Haldar, Student / Alumni

Admission to the BHMS at Mahatma Gandhi Homeopathy College is merit based. The admission is based on score of joint entrance exam like NEET. Also you must pass class 12 with a minimum of 50% (40% in case of reserved category).


Ess allahabad ka bsc ka form antim date

-Ravi NishadUpdated on May 23, 2023 06:42 PM
  • 1 Answer
Saniya Pahwa, Student / Alumni

The Ewing Christian College admission for B.Sc will be based on the CUET UG 2023 scores. The last date to apply for the CUET exam was April 11, 2023. The exam will be held from May 21, 2023, to May 31, 2023.


Do you have a question? Ask us.

  • Typical response between 24-48 hours

  • Get personalized response

  • Free of Cost

  • Access to community

Subscribe to CollegeDekho News

By proceeding ahead you expressly agree to the CollegeDekho terms of use and privacy policy
Apply Now

Medical Related News

Top 10 Medical Colleges in India

View All

Join us and get exclusive education updates!