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NEET Result Row: Re-Test For All 1,563 Candidates On June 23, Says National Exam Body

NEET UG 2024 Controversy: The national exam body further added that it would issue a public notice shortly and would also contact these 1,563 candidates through email to ensure that they receive the official communication.

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NEET Result Row: Re-Test For All 1,563 Candidates On June 23, Says National Exam Body
The results of the retest will be declared on June 30.
New Delhi:

The National Testing Agency (NTA) announced on Thursday that a re-test for all 1,563 NEET UG candidates, who received grace marks due to the distribution of the wrong question paper, torn OMR sheets, or delay in the distribution of OMR sheets, will be conducted on June 23. The results will be declared on June 30.

"Subsequent to the Supreme Court's observations on the report of NTA's High Powered Committee, the grace/compensatory marks awarded to all 1,563 students have been withdrawn. A re-test for these candidates will take place on June 23, 2024," the NTA stated in an official notice.

The national exam body further added that it will issue a public notice shortly and contact these 1,563 candidates via email to ensure they receive the official communication.

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 the Supreme Court today.

The decision follows allegations of widespread irregularities and unfair marking in the national medical entrance exams.

"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.

Approximately 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.

However, 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.

Petitioners from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said there was "no defined logic" for the grace marks. The petitions cited "statistically impossible" marks, including students scoring the maximum - 720 out of 720.

Sixty-seven students from one coaching centre secured perfect scores, the petitions pointed out. They also cited a provisional answer key released by the NTA, which was contested by over 13,000 students as the problem pointed to a different answer.

Underscoring the dangers of cheating in a medical test, the petitions said, "This field requires a deep understanding of scientific and medical knowledge... cheating or using unfair means to pass an exam can lead to a lack of competence and endanger lives of patients."

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre and NTA over petitions seeking to cancel the results of the exam.

"It is not that simple... that because you have done it (held the exam) it is sacrosanct," the court told the NTA, "Sanctity of (the examination) has been affected... so we need answers."

The Centre today told the top court: "A committee was set up to review the results of more than 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who received 'grace marks' due to time loss during the exam. The committee has decided to invalidate the scorecards of these candidates, who will now have the option to participate in a re-test."

The Supreme Court said all petitions, including those seeking cancellation of NEET-UG 2024 on account of the allegations, would be taken up on July 8.

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