More boys write exam for the first time in four years
Fewer girls wrote the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year.
The overall attendance for NEET 2020 dipped from 92.85 per cent to 85.57 per cent but the drop was sharper for girls. According to the National Testing Agency (NTA) which conducts the exam, 86.25 per cent of the registered male candidates appeared for the exam, a drop of 6.38 per cent from last year. Only 85.02% of the registered female candidates appeared for the exam this year, an 8.1 significantly higher drop from last year.
The sharpest drop in attendance was seen in Meghalaya, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Sikkim, Mizoram, Assam, Maharashtra, Goa and West Bengal.
More girls (57.15 per cent) have qualified than boys (55.58 per cent) this year.
The overall drop in attendance could be because NEET was held after the board examination results were declared, which may have led to students who failed to obtain the minimum percentage in the exams to drop out.
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