New Delhi: The National Testing Agency has dropped age as a factor for tie-breaker in the national-level entrance examinations for medical and engineering admissions.
The testing agency announced that age wouldn’t be considered while determining the ranks in NEET-UG and JEE-Mains, the qualifying tests for medical and engineering aspirants.
Until last year, if more than one candidate scored the same marks in NEET and JEE, the ranks would be determined by considering the marks scored in individual papers, the total number of wrong answers and age factor too. However, this year’s information booklets for these tests do not mention age criterion for breaking the tie when candidates score equal marks.
Moreover, if more than one person scores the same marks in JEE exam, the candidate who scores the highest marks in Mathematics would be given priority in the rank list.
If there still is a tie, then the marks of Physics and Chemistry too would be considered. In case the marks are still tied after this, then the proportion of right and wrong answers would be taken to determine the rank.
In the NEET, the marks scored by the candidates in Biology and Chemistry would be considered in the first stage of the tie-breaker. Meanwhile, the proportion of right and wrong answers would be considered in the next stage.
(NEET stands for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). JEE is the Joint Entrance Examination – Main, formerly All-India Engineering Entrance Examination.)