Some students had approached the Supreme Court, pointing that there were was an error in the Hindi version of the question papers relating to chemistry and mathematics subject.
When these were detected later, officials gave grace marks to all candidates irrespective of whether the student attempted the question or not. The petitioners said this was unfair and hurt their prospects.
The petitioners wanted the merit list announced for the JEE (Advanced) level to be cancelled and a fresh merit list be issued.
The joint admission board of the IITs had asked the court to dismiss the petition, pointing that a committee of experts had decided to give bonus marks after evaluating all options. The board was also worried that a judicial intervention at this stage could jeopardise the admission process. The process of seat allocation is at an advanced stage and 29,425 candidates have accepted the allotted seats.
About 1.7 lakh candidates had registered for the advanced-level examination after clearing an initial screening test. At stake are 36,000 seats in 97 institutes under the joint seat allocation programme for state-run engineering colleges including the National Institute of Technology and IITs.