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NEET : Grace Marks To 1,563 Students Scrapped, Re-Exam On June 23 ; Centre told in Supreme Court

June 13, 2024 02:52 PM
NEET : Grace Marks To 1,563 Students Scrapped, Re-Exam On June 23 ; Centre told in Supreme Court

Punjab Newsline, New Delhi, June 13-
The scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates seeking admission into medical colleges will be scrapped after they were given grace marks for a wrong question, the Centre told in Supreme Court today. The students can opt for a re-test on June 23 and the results will be declared on June 30.

The government's decision follows allegations of massive irregularities and unfair marking in the nationwide medical entrance exams.If these candidates do not take the re-test, their earlier score will be considered the result, without the grace marks.

"A committee meeting was held on June 10, 11, and 12 to investigate the allegations. Based on the committee's recommendations, the scorecards of the affected candidates will be cancelled, and a re-examination will be held for these students," the Centre told the Supreme Court today.

The Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision not to halt the counselling process for NEET-UG 2024. "Counselling will proceed as scheduled and there will be no interruption. If the exam continues, everything else will proceed as well, so there is no cause for concern," the top court said. The counselling for admissions into MBBS, BDS, and other courses will start on July 6, the Centre said.

Some 24 lakh medical aspirants took the NEET-UG 2024 - an ultra-competitive entrance test for undergraduate medical courses - conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5. The results were to be declared on June 14 but were announced on June 4, apparently because the answer sheets were evaluated earlier. But allegations of a question paper leak and grace marks to over 1,500 medical aspirants triggered protests and lawsuits in seven High Courts besides the Supreme Court.

Scores of students protested in Delhi on June 10 seeking an inquiry, and alleging that 67 students shared the top rank because of grace marks.

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