How is the merit list prepared for NEET-UG?

The merit list for NEET-UG is prepared based on the percentile score obtained by candidates in the exam. The percentile score is calculated using the following formula:

Percentile Score = [(Total Number of Candidates Appearing in NEET-UG) - (Candidate’s All India Rank)] / (Total Number of Candidates Appearing in NEET-UG) x 100

For example, if a candidate obtains a percentile score of 95, it means that they have scored better than 95% of the candidates who appeared for NEET-UG. The merit list is then prepared based on the percentile score, with the candidate who scores the highest percentile getting the top rank in the list.

In case of a tie between two or more candidates, the following tie-breaking criteria are used:

  1. Candidates with higher marks in Biology are given preference.
  2. If the tie persists, candidates with higher marks in Chemistry are given preference.
  3. If the tie still persists, candidates with a lesser number of attempted incorrect answers are given preference.
  4. If the tie still persists, candidates older in age are given preference.

It’s important to note that the merit list is used for admission to all medical colleges in India, including AIIMS and JIPMER. The counseling process is conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), and candidates are allotted seats based on their rank in the merit list and their choice of colleges.

The AIR or the All India Merit List includes the candidate names and rank numbers of those who participate in the NEET exams which is exclusive of the category or the AIQ reservation of the candidate
The AIQ merit list depicts the candidate names who are chosen for the AIQ reservation.
One must make note that the candidates belonging to the J&K state are excluded as they have opted out themselves from the centralized counselling sessions
The state medical authorities formulate their own merit lists for the process of counselling based on several factors, namely – the applicant’s eligibility based on domicile requirement. This is helpful in indicating the candidate’s rank compared with that of ranks of other applicants
In the wake of candidates wishing to claim eligibility independently, an online self-declaration form must be submitted that would be printed alongside the confirmation page, submitted during the counselling process
An All India Merit list of all the qualified candidates will be made on the basis of the All India Rank in the Merit list of NEET 2022. Candidates are admitted to UG medical programmes from this list only with the current reservation policy
NTA only renders the All India Rank; the admitting bodies invite the application for the process of counselling. A merit list is drawn on the basis of the All India Rank by the admitting officials