Most candidates preparing for the NEET exam are concerned about the NEET 2019 cut off. Being a competitive exam, there are no passing marks that you need to obtain. In fact, you need to score certain minimum marks in order to qualify. These are the cut off marks. In this article, we will talk about the NEET 2019 cut off and how you can ensure that you qualify.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will declare the results as well as the NEET 2019 cut off on June 05, 2019. When you view or download your scorecard, along with your overall and section-wise score and AIR (All India Rank), you can see the cut off too. If your score is equal to or more than the cut off, then you are eligible for admission to the dental, medical, and allied courses. Even if you want to pursue an MBBS course internationally, you will need to score above the NEET 2019 cut off for being eligible. In simpler terms, the cut off will tell you if you qualify for the counseling rounds or not.
The NTA has declared the NEET 2019 cut off percentile on their website. It is also important to note that the cut off is different for different categories.
NEET 2019 Cut off – What is the minimum qualifying percentile?
Currently, the NTA has declared a minimum qualifying percentile for NEET 2019. It is as follows:
- Unreserved (UR) Category– A candidate securing at least 50th percentile in NEET 2019 is considered eligible for admission to BDS or MBBS courses.
- Candidates from the UR category but with BenchMark Disabilities as specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016– Such candidates need to score a minimum of the 45th percentile for eligibility.
- All candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) with or without BenchMark Disabilities– The eligibility requirement for these candidates is at the 40th percentile.
We understand that percentile instead of marks can get a little confusing. Here is what it means:
What does the qualifying percentile mean?
NEET is a competitive exam. This means that you are competing with other candidates for the medical seats. Therefore, for eligibility, you must perform better than other candidates. According to the NTA’s notification, if you are from the UR category, then you need to perform better than at least 50 percent of the candidates (50th percentile) belonging to the UR category. Similarly, you need to perform better than 45 percent of the candidates if you are from the Unreserved but Physically Handicapped category. Also, for SC, ST, and OBC category candidates, the requirement is 40 percent.
The percentile mode allows the NTA to ensure that they take the number of test takers into consideration before declaring a cut off list. Also, since the percentile of every candidate depends on the overall performance of all candidates who take the NEET exam, the marks corresponding to the percentile is declared only after the results are announced.
Expected NEET 2019 Cut off Marks
While predicting the exact marks is difficult, let’s look at the last years’ cut off to get a better idea:
In NEET 2018, the cut off marks were as follows:
- UR Category – 119/720
- SC/ ST/ OBC Category – 96/720
- UR-Physically Handicapped Category – 96/720
Further, in NEET 2017, the cut off marks were as follows:
- UR Category – 131/720
- SC/ ST/ OBC Category – 107/720
- UR-Physically Handicapped Category – 118/720
As you can see, the cut off marks have dropped from 2017 to 2018. This is because the overall performance of the students dropped too. While you should not take these marks as your target, it gives you an idea about where you can expect the cut off.
What happens in case of a tie?
It is possible that two or more candidates score equal marks in the NEET exam. If this is one the borderline of the cut off marks, then the board considers the following criteria:
- The candidate who has scored the highest in the Biology section of NEET gets preference over the others.
- If this does not resolve it, then the candidate with more marks in the Chemistry section gets shortlisted.
- If the tie still remains, then the candidate with the least number of wrong answers gets preference over the others.
- In case there is a tie still, the candidate who is older than the others will get preference.
Is the NEET cut off revised?
In case the number of qualified candidates is short than the number of seats available for admission, there is a chance of a revision in the cut off. The Union Government can lower the minimum percentile requirements after consulting with the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI).
There is a little over three months left for the NEET 2019 exam. Now that you know the approximate range in which you can expect the cut off marks, its time to pull up your socks and give it your best shot. Remember, last year, while the cut off for the unreserved category was 119, the highest score was 691/720. Back yourself and try to score as much as possible so that you can comfortably qualify for admission to your dream medical college. Good Luck!