Delhi's Akanksha Singh also scored 720/720, but Soyeb was declared the topper through tie-breaker.
For the first time two students in the country - Odisha's Soyeb Aftab and Delhi's Akanksha Singh secured the perfect score of 720/720 in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 and topped the exam.
However, Soyeb was declared All India Rank (AIR) 1 and Akanksha was declared AIR 2 after the difference in rank between the two was decided on the basis of tie-breaker policy. As per the policy, the preference is given to marks in Biology followed by marks in Chemistry. If the tie still cannot be broken, then the student who is older gets the higher rank. Soyeb has scored AIR 1 because he is older than Akansha by a few months!
Soyeb, a student of Allen Institute Kota attained 99.99 percentile. He wants to study MBBS from AIIMS Delhi. Soyeb, who was coaching in Kota, Rajasthan, said that when all the students from Kota were returning to their homes due to the Coronavirus lockdown, he stayed there with his mother and sister and continued his coaching classes. He wants to become a cardiac surgeon after finishing his medical studies.
Merit List of NEET 2020 Toppers:
AIR Student Name Marks Obtained
1 SOYEB AFTAB 720
2 AKANKSHA SINGH 720
3 TUMMALA SNIKITHA 715
4 VINEET SHARMA 715
5 AMRISHA KHAITAN 715
6 GUTHI CHAITANYA SINDHU 715
7 SATWIK GODARA 711
8 SRIJAN R 710
9 KARTHIK REDDY 710
10 MATRAVADIA MAANIT 710
This year, four students have scored 715 and 3 secured 710 marks. Out of 13.66 lakh candidates who appeared for NEET 2020 a total of 7,71,500 candidates have qualified the exam. Tripura has topped among the states with highest number of qualifying candidates - 88,889, followed by Maharashtra where 79,974 students qualified.
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