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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Ashutosh Panda has emerged as Odisha topper in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) of 2019 with an all-India rank of 73, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.

As per initial reports, Ashutosh, a student of Yuvodaya College in Bolangir, topped from the State after scoring 682 out of 720 marks.

Speaking to OTV, Ashutosh said, “I am very happy after getting my result which is a little better than what I expected. I would like to give credit of my success to my parents, family members, teachers and also non-teaching staff of my school.”

Another student from Odisha, Sangeeta Agrawal managed to secure 17th rank among top 20 female scorers in the examination. Obtaining 680 out of total 720 marks, Sangeeta secured an overall rank of 91 in the examination.

Out of 32,378 candidates who appeared the NEET exam from Odisha, 19,244 have qualified with an overall success rate of 59.44 per cent as compared to 60.68 percent in 2018.

Nalin Khandelwal from Rajasthan has topped this year’s exam, conducted for admissions to MBBS and BDS programmes offered at medical and dental colleges that are approved by the Medical Council of India, scoring 701 out of 720 marks. The second rank was secured by Bhavik Bansal from Delhi and the third all-India topper was Akshat Kaushik from Uttar Pradesh.

A statement by NTA said that the total number of candidates who registered for the examination was 15,19,375, which is a 14.52 percent rise in numbers from last year. Out of the total number of registered candidates, 14,10,755 appeared for the exam, which is 92.85 per cent of the total candidates. Only 0.12 per cent NRI candidates appeared for the exam.

The cut-off for the general category ranges between 134 to 701. According to NTA, the general category candidates scoring at least 134 marks in the NEET exam will be able to attend counselling to take admission to the medical colleges. For the reserved category students, the cut off was at a minimum of 107 marks.

The result was declared on ntaneet.nic.in. NEET 2019 was conducted on May 5 and May 20 across the country.

(With Agency inputs)

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