Students from TN govt schools shine bright in NEET

The number of students from government and aided schools who secured more than 300 marks in NEET has increased three-fold this year. At least 90 students have scored over 300, against 32 last year.

For the first time in the last three years, four students from government and government-aided schools trained by the state-sponsored coaching programme have scored above 500 marks in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

Two girls who studied at the Government Higher Secondary School at Velliangadu, near Karamadai, in Coimbatore district have cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in their first attempt without any special coaching.

S. Ramya of a Scheduled Tribe (ST) and P. Bistis Prisca of a Scheduled Caste (SC) scored 145 and 167 marks respectively. The qualifying marks for the SC/ST candidates ranged from 113 to 146.

A cowherd’s son in Tamil Nadu cleared this year’s National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), topping the list of students from government schools in the country who took the coveted exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses.

However, due to financial constraints, Jeevithkumar, the son of a cowherd and a Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) worker from Theni district of Tamil Nadu, said he might not be able to pursue the course.