New Delhi, July 16: At least 400 students, who scored single-digit marks in Physics and Chemistry and 110 students who got zero or negative marks in the NEET entrance exam were admitted in private colleges for MBBS course in 2017. The admission of students regardless of the marks they secured raised questions over the purpose of the exam.

Out of the 1990 students, who got admission into MBBS course, some had secured admissions with NEET scores less than 720 in 2017, a report said. At least 530 students, who secured single-digit marks, zero or negative scores in Physics and Chemistry or both, were also given admission.

NEET does not have a cut-off for individual subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The entrance exam does not specify the minimum marks in each paper. Thus the report concludes that students who can afford Rs 17 lakh per annum find their way into medical colleges despite securing negligible marks in NEET.

Originally, the common entrance exam stipulated that only those candidates who secured above 50 per cent (or 40 per cent in the case of reserved categories) in individual subjects were eligible for admission to medical or dental colleges. Later, a Medical Council of India (MCI) notification in February 2012 indicated that the eligibility criteria for NEET entrance exam have been changed from 50% and 40% to 50th and 40th percentile.