Bengaluru: Compared to last year, Karnataka has fewer candidates who have qualified for the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) 2019 counselling this time. The results were declared by the National Testing Agency on June 5 (Wednesday).

More than one lakh students appeared from the state for the competitive exam this year which is close to 19.5% higher than the last year. However, only 63.25% of the candidates qualified for the counselling process, which is marginally lesser in comparison to last year (63.51%).

Across India, 8.86% candidates appeared for the test in regional languages. The rest took the test in English and Hindi. As many as 1,017 candidates took the competitive exam in Kannada.

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Delhi (74.92%) has the maximum number of passes this year and Daman and Diu has the least number of passes with 40.06%. Andhra Pradesh has the highest number of passes with 70.72% among the southern states.

While 14.1 lakh candidates appeared for the competitive exam only 56.49% candidates are eligible for counselling.

The candidates are selected into medical, dental, ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathy courses in the country based on their NEET scores. The Directorate General of Health Services will conduct the counselling for the 15% all-India quota seats. Counselling for the remaining seats in Karnataka will be held by the Karnataka Examinations Authority.

NEET re-examination was conducted on May 20 for those candidates who were affected by Cyclone Fani that hit Odisha, and Karnataka exam takers whose trains got delayed.

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Candidates from the general category should score a minimum of marks at 50th percentile in NEET to qualify for counselling. Whereas the SC/ST candidates should have a minimum of marks at 40th percentile. The percentage will be determined based on the highest marks obtained in the All India common merit list in NEET.