Nagaland achieves best NEET results in 2023

The pass percentages of students from Nagaland clearing NEET (UG) Results from 2018-2023 based on number of candidates appearing and those clearing the exam. (Image in plot area). Students turn up for NEET in Kohima on September 12, 2021. (Morung File Photo)

The pass percentages of students from Nagaland clearing NEET (UG) Results from 2018-2023 based on number of candidates appearing and those clearing the exam. (Image in plot area). Students turn up for NEET in Kohima on September 12, 2021. (Morung File Photo)

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 18

With nearly 56% of those who appeared clearing the test, 2023 marked the best results Nagaland has achieved so far in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Under Graduate (UG), for admission to medical courses in various  institutions in India.

 The performances include both the number of students passing the test and the qualification percentage.

As per the results declared by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on June 13, out of the 2945 candidates who took the NEET (UG) in 2023, a total of 1648 candidates from Nagaland were successful, indicating a clearance rate of approximately 55.95%.

Initially, a total of 3020 candidates from Nagaland had registered for the NEET (UG) 2023, which was conducted at 4097 different centers located in 499 cities throughout the country, including 14 cities outside India, on May 7.

According to the NTA, a total of 2087462 candidates registered for the test, out of which 2038596 appeared, and 1145976 (56.21%) qualified across India.

Best qualification rate
Analysis of past years results informed that in 2022, out of the 2392 candidates appearing from Nagaland, 1304 cleared the exam, indicating a qualification rate of 54.51%. 

In 2021, the qualification percentage was 40.49% in 2021, with 1805 candidates appearing for the test and 731 achieving success.

The pass percentages have been consistently improving over the last six years. 

For instance, the pass percentage from Nagaland was 29.34% in 2018, which increased to 34.52% in 2019. The clearance rate further rose to 40.50% in 2020. While the 2021 result remained more or less the same, it surged to 54.51% in 2022 and 55.95% in 2023. (See graph)

However, the pass percentage for Nagaland in 2023, which stood at 55.95%, was slightly lower than the All-India rate of 56.21%.

Overall, in the ST category, to which most students from Nagaland belong, a total of 126121 candidates sat for the entrance exam, out of which 56381 were successful.

Bairam Siri Vennela, a female SC candidate, secured the top position among students from Nagaland with a total of 680 marks. Prabanjan J from Tamil Nadu and Bora Varun Chakravarthi from Andhra Pradesh, both with 720 marks, topped the All-India rank. They were followed by Kaustav Bauri, also from Tamil Nadu, with a score of 716. 

Pranjal Aggarwal from Punjab was the female topper and overall 4th in the All-India merit list.

Higher cut-off marks
Meanwhile, the cut-off marks for students belonging to the general and other reserved categories increased in 2023. For unreserved category students, the cut-off went up from 715-117 in 2022 to 720-137 in 2023. Likewise, the cut-off for medical aspirants from reserved categories, including Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC), increased from 116-93 last year to 136-107 in 2023.

 For Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and physically handicapped (PH) candidates in the unreserved category, it increased from 116-105 to 136-121 during the same period. For candidates in OBC, SC, and ST PH, the range changed from 116-105 in 2022 to 136-121 in 2023.

The NTA has been entrusted with conducting the NEET (UG) since 2019 for admission to undergraduate medical courses in all institutions, including those governed under other laws.

It is a uniform entrance examination for admission to BBS/BDS/BAMS/BSMS/BUMS/BHMS and other undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental /AYUSH and other Colleges/ Deemed Universities /Institutes (AIIMS & JIPMER) in India.

The result of NEET-UG 2023 has been declared based on the qualifying criteria prescribed by the National Medical Commission and Dental Council of India, as well as the information submitted by the candidates in their online application forms.

Qualified candidates are required to complete formalities with the respective Counselling Authorities, such as the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Medical Education Directorates of States, for admission to MBBS/BDS courses, the NTA said. 

The result may be utilised by other entities of the Central and State Governments in accordance with their eligibility criteria, norms, regulations, guidelines, and rules, it informed.

The result data will also be utilised for admissions to B.Sc. (H) Nursing and BVSc & AH courses under the 15% quota of VCI in recognized Veterinary Colleges, it added.