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UP CM Yogi directs official to approach testing agency to declare Akanksha Singh as NEET topper instead of Soyeb Aftab

By Hasan Akram

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Wednesday directed the state’s Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari to write a letter to the National Testing Agency (NTA) for declaring Akanksha Singh as the topper of the NEET examination instead of Shoaib Aftab.

Singh and Aftab had scored 720/720 marks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year but Aftab was declared as the topper on the basis of age under the tie break policy.

Singh belongs toKushinagar in Uttar Pradesh while Aftab hails from Rourkela in Odisha.

On Wednesday morning, CM Adityanath honoured Singh at his 5 Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow. His family was also present on this occasion.

He said the Uttar Pradesh government will bear the expenses of Singh’s further studies and hostels. A road in the village will also be named after her.

After honouring the aspiration in Lucknow on Wednesday, CM Yogi Adityanath directed the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to write a letter to ‘Neet’ about it.

The decision of NTA to declare Aftab as the NEET topper had sparked lots of speculations on social media. Some hate mongers also made objectionable remarks over the same. Someone had created a fake Twitter account of Akanksha and made a controversial tweet. Akanksha’s parents complained to the police.

However, it was leant that Aftab was declared as the topper under the tie break policy. The policy contains certain patterns to decide a topper when two examinees secure equal marks. 

According to the policy, when the scores of two test-takers are equal in NEET, the ranking is determined by the chemistry and then the number of biology. But in this also the numbers are the same and if the ranking is not determined, then wrong answers to the questions are seen. Even on this basis, if the ranking is not decided, the ranking is determined on the basis of age. Older students get preference here. The ranking between Shoaib and Akanksha, who got 100 per cent number in NEET-2020 examination, has also been decided on the basis of age.

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