NEET, which stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, is a highly competitive exam for aspiring medical students in India. One of the most common questions among NEET aspirants is the pass mark required to qualify the exam.
The pass mark for NEET is determined by the National Testing Agency (NTA), the governing body responsible for conducting the exam. The NTA sets the passing criteria based on various factors, including the difficulty level of the exam and the number of candidates appearing for it.
Currently, the pass mark for NEET is 50th percentile for general category candidates, while it is 40th percentile for SC/ST/OBC candidates. This means that in order to qualify the exam, a general category candidate must score more than 50% of the total marks, while SC/ST/OBC candidates must score more than 40%.
It is important to note that the pass mark for NEET can vary from year to year, depending on the overall performance of the candidates. The NTA releases the official cutoff marks along with the result, which determines the minimum score required to qualify the exam.
Scoring above the pass mark does not guarantee admission to a medical college. NEET scores are used for the purpose of ranking and counseling, and the final admission is based on the candidate’s rank and the availability of seats in various colleges.