The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) in response to a plea requesting a fresh examination for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate (UG) 2024. The plea cited alleged paper leaks and irregularities as grounds for this request. The court also refused to stay the counseling process for admissions in MBBS, BDS, and other courses for candidates who had already succeeded in the examination.

On the Supreme Court’s hearing on NEET-UG 2024 exam, Alakh Pandey, CEO, of Physics Wallah, said, “There was a hearing of the case particularly listed before the results. Here the students were demanding justification on the grounds of the paper leak only but not about the grace marks or anything else, because it was listed on 1st June before results.”

“Our PIL will be listed tomorrow. It is regarding the paper leak as well as the grace marks, the transparencies of NTA and everything else. For today’s listing, the Supreme Court said that the sanctity of the exam is compromised that means somewhere they also feel that there have been some kind of issues in the examination and asked NTA to answer this before 8 July but they have not given any relief on the counselling,” Alakh Pandey added.

Advocate J. Sai Deepak who is representing Alakh Pandey said, “Multiple petitions have been listed in the Court. Some of the petitions were filed before the declaration of results on the basis that there had been a leak of the paper itself. Notices have been issued in regard to those petitions.”

“Our petition is slightly different. We represent Alakh Pandey, who has collected signatures from about 20,000 students which clearly shows that close to about 70 to 80 marks have been awarded in grace marks randomly to at least 1,500 students. We are challenging the arbitrary award of grace marks. The court has indicated that our matter will also be taken up with the other matters but the court is clear that it will not stay the counselling process at this stage,” Advocate J. Sai Deepak added.

Notably, on June 8, the NTA and the Union Education Ministry announced that a four-member committee will review the results of over 1,500 candidates who were awarded grace marks to compensate for the loss of time.


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