As many as 18,329 medical seat aspirants from Karnataka qualified in the undergraduate National Eligibility Cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG). Some 25,043 had appeared for the exam. The national entrance test was conducted separately for students from the State on May 18 as the scheduled date of May 5 clashed with the State Assembly polls.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which declared the results of the first NEET-UG on Wednesday evening, said 3.66 lakh students have qualified out of the 6.58 lakh students, who had taken the test conducted at 1,251 examination centres in 85 cities in India and abroad.

Karnataka third

Kerala had the highest pass percentage with 75.44 per cent of those who appeared qualifying, followed by New Delhi with 73.9 per cent. Karnataka had the third highest pass percentage with 73.19. The overall pass percent for the first ever NEET-UG is 55.6. Karnataka had the sixth highest number of registrations and stood tenth in the number of students who actually wrote the test.

As far as the number of students who qualified is concerned, Kerala had the highest number (46,049), followed by Uttar Pradesh (44,464), Andhra Pradesh (36,587), Maharashtra (33,964), Rajasthan (27,720), and Bihar (18,533).

No takers?

However, not many from the State appear to be banking on the results of the national entrance test, not even toppers of the Common Entrance Test. Hemanth Amardeep Santhoo, who came first in the CET medical/dental stream, had not even checked his NEET ranking. “My mother told me that I have got an all-India rank around 300. I was not really keen on NEET and like the other students from the State, CET is a more important exam.”

Sachin Krishna Raj, the fourth rank holder in the CET medical/dental stream, was not even aware that the results had been announced.

On checking his scores, he found that he secured a rank of 250 in Karnataka and an all-India rank of 2,050.

Candidates who have qualified will have to complete the formalities with the respective counselling authorities such as Directorate General of Health Services, Medical Education Directorates of States, and so on.