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NEET Results in Disarray: Re-exam for some, Controversy for all.

Disgruntled medical applicants are calling for a re-examination and an investigation into the alleged “NEET Scam 2024” despite two clarifications from the National Testing Agency (NTA) regarding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET UG) 2024 results. The NTA’s strategy of giving grace marks to NEET UG 2024 candidates is being questioned by students, coaching institute owners, and leaders of the medical student body.

This is not the first instance when the issue was taken notice of by the people, On May 6th the people also questioned reports of malpractices and paper leak events from Gujarat and Bihar, following which, the NTA issued a statement stating, “Strict action has been taken on impersonators/candidates in cases of malpractice/impersonation.” Claims of a paper leak, it said, were “completely baseless and without any ground.”

On June 4, the day the results of the Lok Sabha elections of 2024 were revealed, the NTA released the NEET UG results. The candidates claimed that in order to avoid scrutiny, the NTA leaked the results ten days ahead of the planned June 14 deadline, timed their release to coincide with the chaos and excitement surrounding the announcement of the general election results. An unprecedented 67 candidates ended up securing the No.1 All India Rank, including eight students from the same examination centre in Haryana. After which, in response to queries from candidates concerning the NEET-UG 2024 results and the high cut-offs, the NTA said in a statement that students received grace marks to make up for the lost time. The Hon’ble Supreme Court’s mechanism/formula was used to determine the candidates’ examination time loss and award them with marks depending on their efficiency and lost time. 1,563 candidates received time-loss compensation, and their revised scores range from -20 to 720 points. Due to compensatory marks, two applicants’ scores among them also happen to be 718 and 719, respectively, stated the NTA. The Center has informed the Supreme Court of India that the NEET scorecards of the 1563 students who received grace marks will be cancelled in light of the NEET 2024 re-exam and the issue surrounding the grace marks. Additionally, on June 23, 2024, each of these 1563 individuals would have the opportunity to retake the NEET exam. If none of the 1563 candidates want to retake the NEET in 2024, their scorecards will be released without grace points. But whether this is fair to the rest of the candidates who have appeared for the exam remains a major question. It also raises the concern as to what the criterias are to determine who did and did not receive grace marks.

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