NEET 2020: Here's Why Soyeb Aftab Was Declared Topper Even As Akanksha Singh Scored 720/720 - Viral Bake
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Hailing from Odisha, Soyeb Aftab created history on Friday after he became the first candidate to score 100 percentile in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) test the result of which was announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Friday.

Source – e-Health Magazine

However, he was not the only one to score 720/720 marks in the NEET exam.

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Akanksha Singh also scored 720/720 marks and yet lost the first spot to Soyeb. Wondering why? Well, it has something to do with the two candidates’ age.

Source – The Quint

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As per NEET’s tie-breaker policy, the preference is given to the person who scores better in Biology followed by Chemistry. If there is still a tie, the preference is given to the one who gets less wrong answers. And even if then there is a tie, the candidate older in age is preferred.
Source – The Hindu

“It was because of the tie break policy. When the two candidates secure the same marks, their performance is compared by looking at the marks that they have secured in each of the subjects and the number of incorrect answers they gave. The difference in the age is also considered as a tie break policy,” an Education Ministry official said.

Interestingly, this is for the first time that any candidate/candidates appearing for NEET have scored 100 percentile.

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Last year too a record was broken when Nalin Khandelwal, with 701 marks, scored the highest marks in NEET ever.


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