Rank Calculation in NEET: Know About the Tie-Breaker Criteria

While preparing the NEET 2019 rank lists, the first preference would be given to the overall marks or raw score. In case one or more candidates have the same raw score, then the marks would be compared in the following order, with higher rank to the candidate who scores higher.

NEET 2019 examination this year is scheduled to be conducted by the National Testing Agency on May 5, 2019. This is  important for the medical students as the NEET scores help them to get into top medical colleges. It is quite crucial to understand how the system works as NEET is no different from other competitive examinations where rank order matters.

While preparing the merit list, ranks are given according to the raw scores of the candidates. Now in case you happen to have a raw score similar to some other candidates, then a tiebreaker situation is reached. The following are the criterion  used in such case to award the rank:

Candidates who have scored higher in Biology part, i.e. Botany and Zoology section combined will be getting the top rank among the candidates. Now, those who are having the same scores in NEET raw score as well as Biology part, then the tie is broken by comparing the marks scored in Chemistry.

Consider if there are number of candidates who are having same raw scores in NEET as well as identical scores in Biology and Chemistry, then the next tiebreaker criteria is that of a number of wrong answers, i.e. the candidates with less number of wrong answers would be awarded higher rank.

Still if the tie is not broken then there is the fourth criterion as well so in that case, the candidate whose age is higher will be awarded a higher rank.

To get it clear let us  presume that 4 candidates with following exact raw score of 590 out of 720. The particulars of these 4 candidates – A, B, C and D are tabulated below.

Candidate Date of Birth Age Total Raw score Marks in Biology Marks in Chemistry No. of incorrect questions
A April 8, 2000 19 560 281 122 32
B October 1, 2000 18 560 302 110 23
C June 3, 2001 17 560 302 110 21
D March 5, 2000 19 560 281 122 32


The rank order of the above candidate will look something like this: C > B > D > A


C has done better than B despite same raw score as well as marks in Biology and Chemistry due to the lesser number of incorrect questions, i.e. C attempted lesser questions than B, reflecting that C was more precise with the answers than B. Similarly D has got a higher rank than A because of the age, i.e. higher age gets more preference in rank order.

Best of luck. Keep working hard!!