NEET Exam Row: National Testing Agency releases FAQs amid result controversy

The National Testing Agency issued FAQs addressing controversy over NEET exam results after Central government cancelled grace marks for 1,563 candidates.

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Published14 Jun 2024, 08:24 PM IST
National Student Union of India members stage a protest against the National Testing Agency (NTA) over the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 entrance exam results, in Bhopal on June 8
National Student Union of India members stage a protest against the National Testing Agency (NTA) over the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 entrance exam results, in Bhopal on June 8(PTI)

The National Testing Agency released a series of FAQs on Friday amid brewing controversy over NEET exam results. The development came a day after the Central government told the Supreme Court that it had scrapped the decision to award grace marks to 1,563 candidates in NEET-UG for admission to MBBS, BDS and other courses. Meanwhile Opposition leaders reiterated their demand for a probe into the ‘scam’ and accused the Narendra Modi-led government of ‘covering it up’.

“Due to the compensatory marks, two candidates secured 718 and 719 marks. With the withdrawal of compensatory marks, this issue has been settled. Either these candidates sit again for a re-test or take their scores without compensatory marks,” the NTA said in a series of posts shared by the Press Information Bureau.

It noted that additional marks had been awarded to only 1563 candidates — solely to make up for their loss of time. The NTA has come under heavy criticism this month amid allegations of irregularities and inflation of marks in the medical entrance exam.

Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from the Centre and the NTA on a plea for a CBI probe into the allegations of question paper leak and other irregularities. A vacation bench of justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta also sought responses from the CBI and the Bihar government within two weeks.

The examination was held on May 5 across 4,750 centres and around 24 lakh candidates took it. The results were expected to be declared on June 14 but were announced on June 4, apparently because the evaluation of the answer sheets got completed earlier.

There have been allegations of question paper leaks in states like Bihar and other irregularities in the prestigious exam. The allegations have led to protests in several cities and filing of cases in seven high courts as also the Supreme Court. Scores of students protested in Delhi on June 10 seeking a probe into alleged irregularities.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:14 Jun 2024, 08:24 PM IST
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