NEET UG 2024: Re-Exam on June 23, Grace Marks for 1,563 Students Cancelled

 

 

The Union has informed the Supreme Court that the decision to grant grace marks to 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates has been cancelled. These students will have the option to take a re-exam on June 23. The announcement aims to answer allegations of unfair means during the NEET-UG 2024 exam. Earlier a four-member committee, led by a former UPSC chairman, has discussed options for the 1,563 NEET-UG candidates affected by the grace marks issue. In its initial meetings, the committee considered giving these students a choice: either take a retest or accept their original scores, which they had achieved before any grace marks were added. This information was reported by the Indian Express.

 

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Committee Reviews and Decision

A committee was formed to review the results of the 1,563 candidates who were given grace marks. After investigating the issue, the committee recommended cancelling these scorecards. The National Testing Agency (NTA) told the Supreme Court, “The Committee has taken a decision to cancel the scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who were given grace marks and these students will be given the option to take a re-test.” The retest will be conducted on June 23, and results will be declared before June 30.

 

Supreme Court’s Stance

The Supreme Court has accepted the NTA’s decision and stated that the counselling process for admission to MBBS, BDS, and other courses will proceed as scheduled. The court reassured, “Counselling will go on and we will not stop it. If the exam goes then everything goes in totality so nothing to fear.” This means that the retest and subsequent counselling sessions will continue without delay.

 

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Re-exam Date and Counselling Schedule

The re-exam for the affected candidates will occur on June 23, and the results will be announced on June 30. Following the results, counselling for admissions to medical courses will begin on July 6. This timeline ensures that the process remains on track despite the recent issues.

 

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Statements from Officials

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has clarified that there is no evidence of a paper leak in the NEET-UG exam. He stated, “There is no corruption. In connection with the NEET examination, 24 lakh students appear in the examination. A hearing in the Supreme Court is underway today and this issue is regarding around 1,500 students. Govt is ready to give answers to the Court. This specific issue is being taken into consideration and a committee of academicians has been formed.”

 

Allegations and Legal Proceedings

The Supreme Court is hearing multiple petitions related to the NEET-UG 2024 exam, including claims of malpractice and paper leaks. The petitioners argue that these irregularities violated Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to equality. The petitioners highlighted, “The alleged paper leak was violative of Article 14 (right to equality) under the Constitution as it gave an undue advantage to some candidates over others who chose to attempt the examination in a fair manner.” Several opposition parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress, have raised concerns about these allegations, calling for thorough investigations.

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Political Reactions

Congress leaders like Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and KC Venugopal have voiced their concerns over the alleged paper leak and corruption. Priyanka Gandhi expressed her thoughts on social media, stating, “Lakhs of children prepare hard for exams like NEET and spend the most precious moments of their lives preparing for it. The whole family puts their faith and strength in this effort. But year after year, paper leaks and irregularities related to results have been reported in these exams.”

 

Next Steps in Legal Proceedings

The Supreme Court has set July 8 as the date to hear other petitions related to the NEET-UG 2024 exam. Among these petitions, one was filed by the chief executive of EdTech firm ‘Physics Wallah’, who argued that the NTA’s decision to award grace marks was arbitrary. The court has asked for replies to these petitions within two weeks.

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Assurance from the Government

In response to the controversy, the government has promised to address the issue comprehensively. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reiterated, “NTA conducts three major examinations – NEET, JEE, and CUET – successfully in the country… We will take action against the people responsible.” This statement underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of these crucial examinations.

 

Conclusion

The NEET-UG 2024 result row highlights the challenges of ensuring fairness in highly competitive exams. The Supreme Court’s intervention and the government’s active actions aim to restore trust in the examination process. As the re-exam approaches, affected candidates have a chance to prove their merit fairly, while the broader system undergoes scrutiny to prevent future irregularities.

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