Over the past four years, the overall NEET-UG success rate has remained almost constant, but some states, including Gujarat, Meghalaya, and Nagaland, have made huge gains. A few like Telangana, Kerala and Manipur have shown a dip in performance.
While Tamil Nadu, which has consistently resisted the introduction of NEET regardless of party in power, improved its performance significantly between 2019 and 2021, this time the state’s qualification rate fell by 6.1 percentage points from last year. .
In 2022, the pass rate (number of candidates who qualified relative to those who applied) of 21 states and UTs was below the national average of 56.3 percent. In 2021, when the pass rate was 56.3 percent, 20 states and UTs performed below the national average, while the corresponding number was 18 in 2019, when the NTA was in charge of conducting the CBSE’s NEET.
Apart from the northeastern states of Assam (51.37 percent), Manipur (54.72 percent), Meghalaya (51.13 percent), Nagaland (54.51 percent), Tripura (49.59 percent) and Sikkim (43.89 percent), the states that recorded pass rates below the national average in 2022 are Tamil Nadu (51.3 percent), Chhattisgarh (48.73 percent), Kerala (55.01 percent), Madhya Pradesh (44.88 percent) and Uttar Pradesh (53.52 percent). ).
While Meghalaya and Nagaland performed below the national average, the success rates of these states have improved significantly over the years. Meghalaya had registered a success rate of 36.27 percent in 2019, while in Nagaland it was 34.52 percent.
Other states that have recorded an increase in the qualification rate of more than five percentage points between 2019 and 2022 include Gujarat (46.35 to 64.77), Maharashtra (39.26 to 46.47) and Assam (44.23 to 51 ,37).
States that have dropped significantly are the southern states of Andhra Pradesh (70.72 to 61.77), Kerala (66.59 to 55.01), Telangana (67.44 to 59.27). Unlike most northeastern states, Manipur’s performance declined (63.38 to 54.72).
Madhya Pradesh (50.15 to 44.88), Uttar Pradesh (58.61 to 53.52) also recorded marginal declines. In the case of Tamil Nadu, the pass rate rose from 48.6 percent in 2019 to 57.4 percent in 2021, before falling to 51.3 percent in 2022. This time there were two candidates, including one from the OBC category. NCL, the state’s top 50 list.
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The Assembly of Tamil Nadu had passed a bill in September last year to exempt state medical aspirants from NEET to ensure “social justice, equality and equal opportunity, protect all vulnerable student communities from (against) discrimination” .
The bill was introduced based on the recommendations of a high-level committee headed by retired Judge AK Rajan. In recent years, the state has recorded many cases where medical aspirants, who died by suicide, left notes blaming NEET.
On Thursday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met the family of one such candidate in the state who reportedly took her life after failing to clear the entrance.