Harsh Agarwal emerged as the Bihar topper on Friday with an all-India rank 16 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 conducted for admission to medical, dental, AYUSH and veterinary colleges across the country.
Agarwal secured 685 marks to score a percentile of 99.99. He was the sole candidate from Bihar in the list of top 25, which the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released. Navdeep Singh from Punjab topped with a score of 697 marks, a statement from the school board said.
In Patna, around 25,000 students appeared in the NEET at 32 examination centres.
Over 11,38,889 candidates registered for the exam, of which 10,90,085 appeared and 6,11,539 qualified. Of the successful candidates, 2,66,221 were male and 3,45,313 female. Five of the eight from the transgender category cleared the exam.
The NEET exam was dogged by question paper leak. Bihar and Rajasthan police arrested nine people across Patna, Jaipur and New Delhi on May 7 for trying to leak the question papers of the NEET. Five of the arrests were from Patna.