Supreme Court decides to scrap grace marks to 1,563 students, Re-exam on June 23

In a major relief to lakhs of students, who appeared for the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it has decided to cancel the scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who were given grace marks.

This decision comes in response to allegations levelled by students complaining of unfair means during the examination process. The Supreme Court issued a statement on Thursday, announcing that these 1,563 students will be provided with the option to take a re-test. This step is taken to ensure fairness in the examination process.

The Centre also detailed the steps that are to be taken to address the issue. “A committee meeting was held on June 10, 11, and 12 to investigate the allegations. Based on the committee’s recommendations, the scorecards of the affected candidates will be cancelled, and a re-examination will be held for these students”. Meanwhile, the bench also reaffirmed the present counselling process for NEET-UG 2024 should not be brought to a halt for aspiring medical students.

The top court noted, “Counselling will proceed as scheduled and there will be no interruption. If the exam continues, everything else will proceed as well, so there is no cause for concern.”

The re-test will be conducted on June 23 while its results will be announced on June 30. “A committee was set up to review the results of more than 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who received ‘grace marks’ due to time loss during the exam. The committee has decided to invalidate the scorecards of these candidates, who will now have the option to participate in a re-test,” the National Test Agency informed the Supreme Court.

This massive step comes after thousands of students, their parents, several doctors as well as coaching institutes raised issues on the NEET examination and pointed out several irregularities in the examination and result, one of which was giving grace marks to students. The award of compensatory marks was challenged in the Supreme Court. The NTA then constituted another committee to reconsider this issue. The subsequent committee held meetings on 10, 11 and 12th June 2024 and has made recommendations which have been placed before us, the bench further noted.

(with inputs from NTDV and Livelaw)

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