Three students top NEET this year

The result of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021, the national-level entrance exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses, has been announced.

Three students – Mrinal Kutteri of Telangana, Tanmay Gupta of Delhi and Karthika Nair of Maharashtra – have topped the exam this year scoring full marks. Scorecards are now available at and

A total of 16,14,777 students took the exam this year, which is a 1.09 per cent increase from last year’s number, the testing agency said. Of them, 15,44,275 appeared for the exam and 8,70,074 have qualified. The minimum marks for qualifying, or NEET cut-offs, dropped this year.

Originally scheduled for August 1, the entrance exam was postponed due to the second wave of COVID-19. The exam finally took place on September 12.

NEET is a pen-and-paper test. Candidates record their responses on OMR sheets. Before announcing the result, the NTA released candidates’ recorded responses, OMR sheets and the provisional answer key.