NEET Percentile Effect: Students With 5% In Physics, 20% In Biology Secure MBBS Seats

| April 15 , 2018 , 12:08 IST

Generally, seats for medical degree courses are considered hard to get, however, implementing a 'percentile' system under the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) conducted for MBBS admissions in India has resulted in low performers securing MBBS seats with significant ease.

In the past 2 years, students with just 5 percent marks in Physics, less than 10 percent marks in Chemistry and 20 percent marks in Biology sections of the NEET have gotten admission to medical colleges, courtesy of the 'percentile' system, reports Times of India.

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Before NEET was made mandatory in 2016, the cut-offs for admission to MBBS courses were 50 percent marks for general category and 40 percent marks for the reserved categories. From the year 2016, the cut-offs were changed to percentiles, with 50th percentile cut off for general category and 40th percentile for reserved categories.

While earlier the cut-offs were based on the performance of the students in the entrance test overall, the percentile system requires aspirants to simply score better than 50 percent of the other test-takers, regardless of the aspirant's own performance.  

As a result, some of the most famous private medical colleges in the country have granted students admission that scored less than 40 percent marks in the general category and less than 30 percent marks in the reserved category, since the admissions took place on the basis of percentile.

“Whether it’s an entrance examination or the Class XII exams, students are expected to get a minimum of 50% or 40%, depending on their category, to get into medicine. But with this flawed eligibility criteria of NEET, we saw students with low scores getting into medical colleges,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, VC of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in Punjab to TOI.