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Tamil Nadu: MBBS/BDS cutoff down by 15 marks

Chennai: The cutoff marks for MBBS/BDS admissions are likely to drop by around five marks for the open category and up to 15 marks for other categories this year, as the number of top scorers in NEET-2022 has come down compared to NEET-2021. Health minister Ma Subramanian on Monday released the state rank list.

Five students scored above 700 out of 720 marks this year compared to nine in 2021 and there were 199 students above 650 compared to 239 last year. The difference widens as scores go down further.

A total of 953 students scored above 600 compared to 1,030 last year.

As many as 4,470 students scored 500 or more marks in NEET-2022 – this was the lowest since 2020. In 2020, a total of 5,182 students had scored more than 500 marks, and in 2021 it rose to 5,284.

“There is an overall drop in performance and hence the cutoff for the open category is likely to be around 580, which is at least four marks lesser than the 2021 cut-off. In the BC category, it is likely to drop by up to eight marks,” said Manickavel Arumugam, who has been counselling and guiding aspiring medical and dental students.

But there is a hitch. While the overall performance of Tamil Nadu students has dropped, the number of students with high scores has improved at the national level. “This means fewer students from Tamil Nadu will get admission to central universities and under the all-India quota done by the Centre. It is difficult to predict how much this will affect admissions right now. Since many may not get admission through the central counselling, they take seats from the state bouquet, reducing the chances of candidates with lower scores,” said Vidhya S, a NEET coach in Chennai. The 2021 rank list was top-heavy as students performed marginally better than 2020 but 1,500 seats that came from a record 11 new medical college ensured that the cut-off didn’t go too high. “That option is not available this year,” she said.

TN could not make new additions to government colleges or seats this year. The only consolation is two new state-private universities – Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital under Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan University in Samayapuram and Sri Venkateshwara Medical College Hospital and Research Institute in Red Hills – will offer 50% of their seats which will add up to 150 MBBS seats.

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