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:
- Candidates with higher marks in Biology are given preference.
- If the tie persists, candidates with higher marks in Chemistry are given preference.
- If the tie still persists, candidates with a lesser number of attempted incorrect answers are given preference.
- 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.