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NEET 2020: Soyeb Aftab ranked 1st, Akanksha Singh 2nd; Both scored 720/720, Here’s the rule

Vishnu Vasisht

NEET 2020 results for admission in medical courses have been released. This year, Soyeb Aftab of Odisha has topped with 720 points out of 720. At the same time, Akanksha Singh of Delhi has also scored 720 out of 720 in NEET exam. But she has not got the first rank. This has led to debates on social media. However, the reason is because of the rules.

In fact, Akanksha Singh of Delhi, who scored 720 out of 720 in NEET, slipped first rank due to her young age. Singh has scored 100 per cent marks in this examination along with Aftab of Odisha but due to his young age under the tie-breaking policy of the National Testing Agency (NTA), he got the first rank.

Officials said that age, marks and wrong answers are taken into consideration in the tie-breaker policy. An official said that Soyeb Aftab and Akanksha got equal marks. Hence the ranking was decided on the basis of age.

The official said, "On having equal marks, first chemistry, and then biology marks are compared. If both the subjects have the same marks then wrong answers are considered in the exam. Even if no decision comes out, age is considered the basis.

Same for 3rd Rank

He told that the same policy was used to determine the ranking of Tummala Snikitha (Telangana), Vineet Sharma (Rajasthan), Amrisha Khaitan (Haryana) and Guthi Chaitanya Sindhu (Andhra Pradesh) who got 715 out of 720 and tied for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranks respectively.

At the same time, Soyeb said that he never expected that he would come first. Speaking to PTI, he said, "I owe my success to my mother who always inspires me to become a doctor and stands with me". Soyeb's mother Sultana Razia is a housewife while father Sheikh Mohammad Abbas has a small business.

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