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NEET, JEE Main 2022: Tie-Breaking Policy Changed.
April 21, 2022
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By Manasvi Gupta


The National Testing Agency (NTA) has re-introduced the age factor as one of the criteria for a tie-breaker to award ranks in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2022 and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2022. The older candidate would be given preference on the merit list. 


Another deciding factor for breaking ties is the application number of the candidates appearing in the exam in ascending order. This means among the two candidates with the same score or percentile in NEET 2022 or JEE Main 2022, priority on the merit list would be given to the one who applied for the exam before.


Also Read: JEE Main 2022 Session 1 Application Window Reopened


Check out the detailed tie-breaking criteria in descending order for candidates scoring equal marks in JEE Main paper 1 and 2, and candidates obtaining higher marks/percentile in Biology (Botany and Zoology) in NEET 2022.


Tie-Breaking Criteria in JEE Main 2022 Paper 1

Tie-Breaking Criteria in JEE Main 2022 Paper 2

Tie-Breaking Criteria in NEET 2022

NTA score in Mathematics, followed by

NTA score in Mathematics, followed by

Candidate obtaining higher marks/percentile Chemistry

NTA score in Physics

NTA score in Aptitude test

Candidate obtaining higher marks/percentile in Physics

NTA score in Chemistry

NTA score in Drawing test

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in all the subjects

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in all the subjects

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in all the subjects

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Biology

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Mathematics

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Mathematics (part I)

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Chemistry

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Physics

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Aptitude test (part II)

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Physics

Candidate with less proportion of a number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Chemistry

Candidate older in age

Candidate older in age

Candidate older in age

Application number in ascending order

Application number in ascending order

Application number in ascending order




The age criterion in the tie-breaking policy for determining ranks was being followed till 2020, before NTA’s decision to drop it last year, leading to multiple candidates securing the top ranks. However, the NTA continued using the age criterion as a tie-breaking factor in the counselling process.