GUWAHATI: National Testing Agency (NTA) declared Odisha boy Soyeb Aftab as the topper in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 result of which was announced on Saturday. However, alongwith Soyeb, Delhi’s Akansha Singh also scored the same marks— 720 out of 720.
Akansha Singh scored 720 out of 720 marks in medical entrance exam NEET, but lost the top rank to Soyeb Aftab due to her younger age which is one of the factors considered in the NTA’s tie-breaking policy.
“Soyeb Aftab of Odisha and Akansha Singh of Delhi have both scored perfect 720 score in the NEET examination. However, as Aftab is older, he has been ranked at the top in the national ranking,” an official said.
“The ranking of the candidate is initially determined based on the scores obtained in Biology and Chemistry,” he added.
“Following these, in cases where the candidates cannot be shortlisted using the scores obtained in the examination, candidates are further shortlisted taking into consideration the number of answers that are incorrect, following which they are then shortlisted depending on their age. The elder one gets the preference,” the official explained.
The same tie-breaking policy has been used for deciding further ranks.
Tummala Snikitha (Telangana), Vineet Sharma (Rajasthan), Amrisha Khaitan (Haryana) and Guthi Chaitanya Sindhu (Andhra Pradesh) have scored 715 out of 720 marks. However, they have been ranked third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.