The Supreme Court will again hear on Thursday a batch of petitions challenging the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET-UG 2024) results. The court had earlier directed the clubbing of all petitions alleging paper leak and seeking probe into the same and listed them on July 8.

The vacation bench will also hear petitions filed by National Testing Agency seeking transfer of cases, pertaining to NEET-UG, 2024, from various high courts to Supreme Court.  

The National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) for the Under-Graduate (UG) medical admissions has been in controversy since the day the exams were conducted (May 5). From allegations of paper leak, delay at exam centers, tampering of OMR sheets, malpractices in exams, to incorrectly framed questions, the National Testing Agency (NTA) responsible for conducting the medical entrance exam has faced not only allegations but also several cases across courts in India. Over 24 lakhs students had attempted the country-wide exam.

The students who are also aspiring doctors have taken to streets to protest the lack of transparency in the way the reported irregularities have been dealt with by the NTA. They seek a re-examination for everyone and not just 1563 students who were awarded grace marks over delay at the exam centres.

The Centre last week told the Supreme Court that it has decided to cancel the grace marks awarded to1563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates in NEET-UG 2024 results. Centre adds that these 1563 students will be given an option to take a re-test or their result will be calculated on marks obtained without grace marks. The Supreme Court accepted this proposal after confirming with petitioners that they do not have any problem with this.

The Supreme Court on Thursday also ordered that all petitions alleging paper leak and unfair means to be tagged together and be heard on July 8 and sought NTA’s response on issues other than compensatory marks.

The court while dictating the order said that it has been told that the NTA committee has decided that the score cards of 1563 students will be cancelled and they will be granted opportunity to give a retest. In case they don’t wish to take a retest, their marks will be calculated after deducting grace marks in the examination.

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