NEET 2017: 5 out of 8 transgender candidates qualify

NEET 2017 result declared

The result of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 was declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) yesterday, on June 23, at the official website The exam was conducted on May 7 and a total of 11,38,890 candidates had appeared for the same in 10 languages at 1,921 centres in 103 cities.


  • This year, Punjab’s Navdeep Singh has secured All India Rank (AIR) 1 rank with a total score of 697 marks in the male category
  • Meanwhile, in the female category, Nikita Goyal emerged as topper

Transgender candidates

Meanwhile, eight transgender candidates had also appeared for the exam out of which five have cleared the test. A senior official told Press Trust of India that eight transgenders had applied for NEET and five of them have cleared it.

In last year’s NEET – I and NEET – II, nine candidates from the transgender category had appeared for the exam and three of them had cleared it.

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All of the eight transgender candidates who have registered for the exam attended it. Earlier, the transgenders were forced to write male or female against their gender option in application forms.

Third gender status created

In a landmark judgment on April 2014, the Supreme Court created the “third gender” status for transgenders. In their ruling, justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and A.K. Sikri granted legal recognition to transgenders or eunuchs as “third gender” and directed the centre government and states to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes for the purposes of reservation in admission to education and jobs.

All those candidates who had appeared for the exam are required to check their respective results, once declared, at the official website