How to Calculate Rank in NEET-UG 2019 Exam – Tie-Break Criteria Full Analysis


A Brief Introduction to NEET Examination 2019

This year, National Testing Agency (NTA) is going to conduct the National Eligibility and Entrance Test NEET 2019. This highly anticipated medical entrance examination would take place all over India on the 5th of May 2019. NEET 2019 is going to be conducted in the offline mode. The procedure to apply for NEET-UG 2019 exam online is completed by far for this year. The expected date for the release of Admit Cards for NEET examination is the 15th of April 2019. The admit cards will be duly released on the official website of NTA.

NEET Result and Ranking

The expected date for the announcement of the neet result of 2019 is the 5th of June 2019. Once again, the result will be declared on the official website of NTA. The produced result will show an individual scorecard for the applicants. This specific scorecard of neet exam will have the all-India ranking of the applicant along with his/her category and quota, percentile of the applicant (sectional as well as total) and also the marks that he/she has scored. The expected cut-off marks for the NEET 2019 is more or less 50 percent for general category applicants and at least 40 percent for the reserved category applicants.

After the results are announced online on the website, the applicants will have to further sit for the process of counselling and select a college according to his/her ranking. Therefore, calculating and knowing the individual rank of a NEET applicant becomes quite essential.

This year an average of 65 thousand MBBS seats and 25 thousand BDS seats are available in medical colleges as well as dental colleges all over India. For gaining these seats, a huge number of students are sitting for this medical entrance exam 2019. This has to be kept in mind that there is no scope for re-evaluation or re-checking of the answer papers by the applicants. After the final cut-off marks for the NEET exam is officially declared by NTA, a comprehensive all-India List of Merit will be prepared. This comprehensive list will consist of the names of qualified applicants, along with their individual NEET rank.

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NEET Rank Assessment

The ranking of any candidate that appeared for this examination depends entirely on the marks that he/she is going to achieve in the NEET exam 2019, as well as his/her percentile in the exam.  In order to know the possible rank of an applicant in the neet examination, one has to first calculate the expected total marks.

After the marks are calculated carefully, there are certain criteria that are to be followed in order to assume the expected rank of any applicant. The rank of the applicant is decided according to the range of marks. Also, there are specific tie break techniques that can help any candidate to determine his/her rank in the exam. These techniques are reliable enough to fetch a near perfect result for the candidate.

NEET Marks and Rank Calculator

After appearing for the NEET exam, the applicant should get a fair idea about how many of the attempted questions are correct or incorrect. This will help him/her calculate the total marks as well as his/her ranking in the examination. In case one is confused regarding the number of correct or incorrect answers, the answer keys for neet 2019 can be used for the purpose of calculation.

The candidate has to tally the correct or incorrect answers with the answer key, as published by NTA. The guidelines mentioned below will help the candidate in the calculation of NEET marks 2019 –

  1. 4 marks are awarded to the candidate for every correct answer given
  2. 1 mark is deducted from the total marks for every incorrect answer (negative marking)
  3. No marks are deducted for any question that is not attempted by the candidate
  4. No marks are deducted for marking out more than one option
  5. Total marks are calculated by adding up the correct answers and subtracting the incorrect ones
  6. Total Marks in NEET 2019: MCQ 180 questions, 4 marks each = 720 in total

Follow the guidelines mentioned below to calculate the total marks in NEET exam 2019 –

  • Add the total number of correct answers and multiply it by 4 (Total 1)
  • Then add the total number of incorrect answers and multiply it by 1 (Total 2)
  • Now, subtract the total of incorrect answers (Total 2) from the total of correct answers (Total 1)
  • The result will be the total marks that the applicant will achieve in NEET 2019

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The table given below is an approximate assessment of rank according to the marks scored by the first 15,000 individual scorers in NEET exam –

Expected Rank of the Candidate Marks Range of the Candidate
Among first 100 candidates 671-720
100-2400 651-670
2400-6000 576-600
6000-10000 551-575
10000-15000 526-550

NEET Rank and Tie Breaker Criteria

The candidates should be well aware of the fact that this year neet rank would be depended completely on the total marks achieved by candidates. As opposed to the JEE Mains Examination, NTA is going to use the individual total marks of the candidates to issues the ranks of the candidates. The total marks will be calculated out of 720. In case of similar marks of different candidates, a tie break formula is going to be used to provide individual rankings for separate candidates. In this case, sectional markings of the candidates would also come under consideration.

The tie break criteria for NEET 2019 is explained below –

  • Candidates with higher marks in biology (both botany and zoology sections together) would be given higher ranks
  • Candidates with higher marks in chemistry would be given higher ranks
  • Candidates who have less negative marking or have less number of incorrect answers in the examination would be given higher ranks
  • Candidates with more age would be given preferences. The older candidates would be given higher ranks than the younger candidates.

For example – If Rahul, Sweta, Prabhash and Anjana achieve 550 out of 720 in NEET exam, then the above-mentioned criteria shall be used to calculate their rank.

Name of the Candidate Total Marks in NEET exam Marks in Biology Marks in Chemistry Number of Incorrect Answers Age of the Candidate
Rahul 550 270 130 32 19
Sweta 550 340 110 25 20
Prabhash 550 340 110 22 21
Anjana 550 270 130 32 21

According to the tie break criteria, the NEET 2019 rank for the above-mentioned candidates would be like – 1st Prabhash, 2nd Sweta, 3rd Anjana and 4th Rahul. This is because Sweta and Prabhash bear the same marks in Biology and also Chemistry but Prabhash has lesser number of incorrect answers. So, Prabhash is given the first rank here. Also, because Sweta has more marks in Biology than the remaining two candidates, she is given a higher rank than  Rahul and Anjana. In the case of Rahul and Anjana, their marks in Biology and Chemistry are same and their number of incorrect answers are also same. But, Anjana is older in age than Rahul and, therefore, Anjana gets a preference in case of ranking.

So, this was a brief insight of neet 2019 rank calculation and neet 2019 rank vs marks. The above information has been provided after analysing the data of previous trends of the examination result. We hope the information is helpful enough for you. We wish you all the best for the results and a bright career ahead.

Target Publications provides an ample amount of study material for the NEET-UG exam preparation. We publish around books for NEET-UG which are divided into two Series such as ‘Absolute Series’ and ‘Challenger Series’. The Absolute Series is for a student to refer from the beginning of their preparation for the entrance exam. The Challenger series is for those students who need further practice of difficult questions once they are through with the Absolute book. We also provide Online Test Series for NEET UG 2019 which consists of different types of tests such as Topic test, Revision test & Model test. Its attributes make it an unparalleled tool for students who are poised to appear for NEET-UG examination. We also have a separate Model Test Series only for model test papers which comprises of 5 Model tests.  Go ahead and check out our NEET-UG Books that will help you score an excellent rank in this competitive examination.

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