NEET Cut off Trend Analysis


National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the most important exam for all medical aspirants. The National Testing Authority is the conducting body for NEET 2019.

With the exam to be conducted on 5th May 2019, candidates are gearing up their preparation. As the exam is near, candidates are trying their best to score maximum possible and to clear NEET 2019 Cut off

But do you all, as NEET 2019 aspirants, know what has been the cut off for NEET recently? And further, have you analyzed what has been the cut-off trend over the past years?

Well, if you have not, we are here to help. Today, we will look at NEET cut off for past 3 years and will find out what the trend has been. So let’s not wait anymore, and start working on our task. Take a look: –

Cutoff for NEET 2018

Let us take a look at what was the cut-off for NEET 2018 under various categories below. And since 2018’s data is the latest one that we have, cut-off for 2018 are most significant for NEET 2019 aspirants. Take a look: –

In the Unreserved Category (UR), the minimum qualifying score was 119 marks out of 720. The range for 50th or higher percentile stayed at 697-119 marks. This range of marks included a total of 543743 candidates.

The minimum score for the Unreserved Physically Handicapped category was 107 marks, resulting in a percentile of 45 or above. 205 candidates of this category scored the required range of marks.

The 40th percentile mark, which is the cut-off for SC, ST and OBC categories, required a minimum of 96 marks. The number of categories achieving the required range for SC, ST and OBC categories stood at 17209, 7446 and 54653 respectively.

The cut-off for SC-PH, ST-PH and OBC-PH also stood at the same 40th percentile mark, which asked for at least 96 marks.

Cut-off for NEET 2017

Let us take a look at what the cut-off was for NEET 2017. And with this, we will get some idea whether the cut-off is having an increasing trend or a decreasing one. Let us find out: 

NEET 2017’s cut-off for Unreserved Category (UR) was 131 marks out of the maximum 720. This range of marks represented a percentile of above 50, and a total of 543743 candidates got such marks.

The cut-off for UR-PH category, i.e. marks equivalent to 45th percentile, was 118. Only 67 candidates qualified with such marks in this category.

The cut-off for SC, ST, and OBC category stood at 107 marks. This represented a percentile of above 40 in the exam. 14599 candidates in SC category, 6018 in ST category and 47382 in OBC category scored marks higher than the cut-off required. 107 marks were also the cut-off for SC-PH, ST-PH and OBC-PH categories.

Cutoff for NEET 2016

To strengthen our trend analysis for NEET 2019 cut-off, we will take a look at NEET 2016 cut-off. Let us take a look at this cut-off and further analyse what might just happen with NEET 2019. Here is a quick look: –

NEET 2016 cut-off for unreserved category stood at 145 marks.

The cut-off for other three major categories, i.e. SC, ST and OBC was 118 marks. Same was for SC-PH, ST-PH and OBC-PH categories.

For the unreserved PH category, the cut-off stood at 131 marks.

NEET 2019: Cutoff Trends

After reading the cut-off of the past 3 years, it simply seems that the cut-off is falling every year and will fall this year too. However, saying this might just be a bit too early.

Although the cut-off has been falling, one has to see that the number of candidates qualifying under such cut-off is also increasing. So another theory that pops up in the mind is that, had the same number of candidates qualifying each year, the cut-off might just have remained the same.

Further, we also need to consider that how has been the difficulty level of paper in all these years. Has the paper become tougher and tougher every year? Well, not necessarily. Most of the analyses said that NEET 2018 was somewhat easier than NEET 2017, still, the cut-off fell.

After considering all these things, one has to agree that the increase or decrease in the cut-off is not dependent on any one thing. It depends on many factors like Toughness level of exam, a number of candidates applying for the exam, change in exam policies and many others.

And therefore, it will not be wise to say that the cut-off will fall or rise for NEET 2019. It can go either of the ways. As for the trend, it is surely downwards. More and more people are crossing the cut-off and thus it is falling. Let us see what happens in NEET 2019. Prepare well, all the best!


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