In NEET, What Is The Difference Between Qualifying Marks And Cut Off?

Qualifying marks for NEET

Qualifying marks are different from cut-off scores if you thought otherwise all this while. Qualifying marks are those marks that you need to score to get selected for the NEET counselling process. There is a strong misconception regarding qualifying marks to be 50% of the NEET score, i.e., half of 720=360, which is not true at all.

Qualifying marks is 50th percentile. There is a difference between percentile and percentage. Hence, you have to score better than 50% of the total aspirants who took part in the test. This mark, qualifying marks, changes every year, ranging typically from 150 to 200. Please note that a mere scoring of these marks, i.e., 150-200 is not a good score at all. It will not do any good.

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NEET cut-off

NEET cut-off is that score, which actually helps you get into a medical college. It indicates the minimum qualifying percentile, which aspirants must score to take up admission. One needs to clear NEET cut-off to be eligible for counselling. Scoring above the NEET cut-off will help you land up with a seat. Cut-offs are subject to change every year, which is based on different criteria such as the number of aspirants appearing, difficulty level and much more.

What is the Cut Off Marks for NEET?

NEET cut-off varies each year depending on different criteria. It is the minimum marks that a candidate must score in order to qualify NEET and proceed towards NEET counselling and hence admissions. Cut-off is announced under different categories such as reserved, unreserved, SC/ST etc. Find below the cut off for NEET 2021 and NEET 2020 for your reference.

NEET 2021 Cut off

Category  Cut off marks  Cut off percentile 
Unreserved/EWS 720-138 50th Percentile
OBC/SC/ST 137-108 40th Percentile
Unreserved/EWS – PWD 137-122 45th Percentile
OBC/SC/ST – PWD 121-108 40th Percentile

NEET 2020 Cut off

NEET 2020 Cut-off for MBBS/BDS is as mentioned below:

Group/Category Cut off marks (Range) Minimum Qualifying Percentile
General 720-147 50th
General – Physically Handicapped 146-129 45th
SC/ ST/OBC 146-113 40th
SC/ST- Physically Handicapped 128-113 40th

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Frequently Asked Questions on Qualifying marks and Cut off NEET

What are the minimum marks required in NEET for MBBS?

Every year, the officials release the NEET cut-off which varies depending on various factors such as difficulty level, number of candidates appearing for NEET etc. Based on this, the cut-off is released for different categories such as reserved, unreserved etc. This is the minimum score in NEET that students must clear to qualify NEET. Since NEET is an exceptionally competitive test, one must score above 650 marks to get admitted to reputed MBBS colleges in the country.

How much marks are required for NEET?

Candidates who wish to take up NEET must have taken Class 12 exams with majors in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects. The minimum aggregate is 50% marks in each of the subjects, which is required for NEET.

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