Candidates scored fewer marks on this yr’s Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Take a look at, the examination for getting admission into medical schools. The Indian Categorical has reviewed the rating vary knowledge since 2017, when NEET-UG was launched.
The NEET-UG rating vary required to be within the fortieth percentile — which occurs to be the cut-off percentile for reserved class candidates — is at an all-time low this yr.
This yr, the rating vary to be within the counselling qualification percentile for candidates from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and OBC (non-creamy layer) classes is 116-93. This can be a sharp decline from final yr’s rating vary, which was at 137-108. That is additionally decrease than the earlier all-time low in 2018 (118-97).
On the identical time, the rating vary to achieve the cut-off percentile for basic class candidates additionally declined — from 720-138 in 2021 to 715-117 this yr. The decline, nonetheless, shouldn’t be as marked.
Consultants who spoke to The Indian Categorical stated the drop in marks might be due to a number of causes. “There are year-to-year variations within the cut-offs for any aggressive examination relying on the sample of the query paper. Maybe, it was a troublesome query paper this yr,” stated the dean of a medical faculty in Delhi, requesting anonymity.
One other dean pointed to the pandemic-induced lockdown, on-line courses and diversified accessibility to sources as attainable causes behind the drop within the rating vary to be within the cut-off percentile for the reserved class.
“In relation to these belonging to totally different classes, when you take a look at the final two years, who was going to highschool? Who went to the teaching centres? Nobody. Every thing largely occurred on-line. And, after we discuss concerning the have-nots, it impacts them extra. A pupil from Delhi can maybe attend all courses on-line. Accessibility was a difficulty for folks from poorer households and those that dwell in far-flung areas. How may they’ve assured uninterrupted energy and web connection?” stated Dr Yatish Agarwal, Dean of the College College of Medical and Paramedical Well being Sciences at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha College.