NEW DELHI: Boys outshone girls in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) results announced on Wednesday, bagging the top six slots.
Nalin Khandelwal from Rajasthan topped the exam, conducted for admissions to MBBS and BDS programmes offered at medical and dental colleges that are approved by the Medical Council of India, scoring 701 out of 720 marks.
Khandelwal, hailing from Sikar district credits parents, who were doctors, his elder brother also pursuing MBBS and teachers for full support for the feat. Khandelwal said he studied for nearly 7-8 hours a day.
The second rank was secured by Bhavik Bansal from Delhi and the third all-India topper was Akshat Kaushik from Uttar Pradesh.
As per the National Testing Agency (NTA) that conducted the examination, a total of 20 girls found their way in the top 100 merit list.
Madhuri Reddy G from Telangana emerged as the topper among girls and secured an all-India rank of seven. She scored 695 out of 720 marks.
Kirti Agarwal from Madhya Pradesh and Qureshi Asra from Andhra Pradesh secured all India ranks 15 and 16 respectively.
Among the states, Delhi has turned out to be the best scoring region with 74.92 per cent students qualifying the exam. It is followed by Haryana (73.41 per cent) and Chandigarh (73.24 per cent).
A statement by NTA said that the total number of candidates who registered for the examination was 15,19,375, which is a 14.52 percent rise in numbers from last year. Out of the total number of registered candidates, 14,10,755 appeared for the exam, which is 92.85 per cent of the total candidates. Only 0.12 per cent NRI candidates appeared for the exam.
The cut-off for the general category ranges between 134 to 701. According to NTA, the general category candidates scoring at least 134 marks in the NEET exam will be able to attend counselling to take admission to the medical colleges. For the reserved category students, the cut off was at a minimum of 107 marks.
The result was declared on ntaneet.nic.in. NEET 2019 was conducted on May 5 and May 20 across the country.
With IANS inputs