NEET-UG 2024: Grace Marks of 1563 Students Cancelled, Retest Ordered; NTA Informs Supreme Courtcc

In a significant development, the Central Government informed the Supreme Court today (June 13) that the scorecards of 1563 candidates receiving grace marks in NEET-UG 2024 will be annulled, necessitating them to reappear for the examination. 

This announcement follows petitions filed after the June 4 results, requesting scrutiny by an SIT expert committee into allegations of irregularities affecting counseling based on those results. 

The exam originally conducted on May 5 was canceled, compelling a retest due to grace marks awarded by the NTA, which have raised substantial concerns. The affected students have been given until June 23 to prepare for their reexaminations.


Supreme Court Denies Ban on NEET Counseling in Recent Hearing

In a recent hearing, the Supreme Court refused to impose a ban on NEET counseling. Earlier, the court had conducted hearings on petitions filed by student Shivangi Mishra and nine others on June 11, filed before the announcement of results on June 1. 

These petitions raised concerns about irregularities in the distribution of faulty question papers at exam centers in Bihar and Rajasthan, prompting demands for the cancellation of the exam and an investigation by an SIT expert committee.

However, the Supreme Court declined to halt NEET-UG 2024 counseling, issuing a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the central government to respond within four weeks. 

Justices Vikram Nath and A. M. Khanwilkar’s bench emphasized the sanctity of the examination’s integrity and demanded accountability. The next hearing on this matter is scheduled for July 8. Meanwhile, NTA affirmed that the examination process remains credible.

Delhi High Court Issues Notice to NTA Over NEET UG Grace Marks and Paper Leak Allegations

On June 12, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) regarding allegations related to the provision of grace marks and the purported paper leak in the NEET UG examination. Justice Nina Bansal Krishna’s bench scheduled a hearing for July 5 on the matter. 

The court will conduct the hearing based on the roster for judicial proceedings. Four candidates, Adarsh Raj Gupta, Keya Azad, Mohammad Firoz, and Anvedya V, who appeared for the NEET exam, have filed a petition in the Delhi High Court. They have alleged irregularities in the scoring by NTA in the results.

MP Claims: All 67 Students Score Perfect 720 Marks from Faridabad Region

Member of Parliament and Supreme Court advocate Vivek Tankha has stated on social media that all 67 students who scored a perfect 720 out of 720 marks in the examination hail from the Faridabad region. 

This assertion has led to numerous questions about the transparency of the examination on various public platforms. The NTA has been completely transparent in this matter, affecting the future prospects of 24 lakh children.

20,000 Students Lodge Complaints

Approximately 20,000 students across various states have filed petitions challenging the irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 examination. These petitions primarily contest the allocation of grace marks by the NTA without prior notification. 

The applicants claimed that the NTA did not disclose any information in the bulletin issued before the exam regarding the provision of grace marks. Consequently, some candidates find themselves ineligible for grace marks under these circumstances.

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