Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has urgently requested the cancellation of last month’s NEET exam, claiming that the results have unfairly impacted students from the state, as reported by news agency PTI. Several NEET-UG aspirants, who took the exam on May 5 across 4,750 centers in 571 cities, had previously alleged mark inflation, resulting in a record 67 candidates securing the top rank, including six from the same Haryana center. The results were announced on June 4.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), however, refuted any irregularities, attributing the higher scores to changes in NCERT textbooks and grace marks awarded for time lost at examination centers.

Talking about the issue, Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Hasan Mushrif on Friday said, “The NEET exams were probably conducted after taking money. The results are such that no student of Maharashtra will get admission for the MBBS course in government or private college in the state.” He said parents of many students have approached him seeking to address the issue.

“This (the results) has caused injustice to Maharashtra and it must be immediately cancelled. We are going to tell NMC (National Medical Council) about it,” he said.

Mushrif said the government was even contemplating approaching the court over the issue.

The Congress has earlier targeted the government over the issue.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday called for resolution of students’ “legitimate complaints” through an investigation, “First the NEET exam paper was leaked and now the students allege that there has been a scam in its results as well. Serious questions are being raised on 6 students of the same centre getting 720 out of 720 marks and many kinds of irregularities are coming to the fore.” There are reports of many children committing suicide across the country after the results were announced, Gandhi said and asked, “Why is the government ignoring the voice of lakhs of students? Students want answers to legitimate questions related to the rigging in the NEET exam results.”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin also opposed the NEET saying the entrance test goes against social justice and federalism.

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“Issues such as question paper leaks, clustering of toppers at specific centres, and award of marks — which are mathematically impossible — under the guise of grace marks highlight the pitfalls of the current union government’s centralisation. These events emphasise the need to restore the pre-eminence of state governments’ and school education system’s role in determining criteria for professional course selection, he said.” he said on X.

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What Is NEET Exam?

NEET-UG is the qualifying entrance exam for admission to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), and Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) and BSc (H) Nursing courses. There are more than 80,000 MBBS seats in over 540 medical colleges in the country.

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