Girls outnumbered boys in qualifying the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses, as per the NEET results declared by CBSE today, even though there were 11,058 males compared with 8,266 female applicants in the top 15 per cent.
A total of 4, 09,477 candidates - 2, 26,049 girls, 1, 83,424 boys and four transgenders cleared the examination. One transgender candidate was in the top 15 per cent.
According to data released by CBSE, which conducted the examination, of the 8, 02,594 registered candidates, 7, 31,223 appeared for the examination.
The CBSE also released a list of top performing candidates as per which Het Shah secured the first rank scoring 685 marks out of 720, while Ekansh Goyal (682) came second and Nikhil Bajiya (678) stood third. The counselling for seats in medical and dental colleges is expected to begin soon.
In a release, CBSE said that in compliance with the Supreme Court directives, it had conducted NEET-I and NEET-II on May 1 and July 24, respectively. It said that while declaring the result of both NEET-I and NEET-II as a combined result of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-UG, 2016, the orders of the Apex Court have been complied with.
All critical issues were placed before the Oversight Committee comprising former Chief Justice R M Lodha, Dr. S K Sarin and former CAG Vinod Rai. With the help of experts, difficulty level of both the question papers of NEET-I and NEET-II was ensured to be similar, CBSE said.
NEET-I was conducted at 1,040 centres in 52 cities all over India and abroad and NEET-II was conducted at 739 centres in 56 cities in India.