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.
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.
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.