9 Jun 2024

NEET Result 2024 Controversy: Panel Formed for Investigation, see details

NEET Result 2024 Controversy: The central government has established a 4-member committee to review the grace marks issue in NEET-UG. The National Testing Agency (NTA) disclosed this development on Saturday. NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh stated that the committee has been tasked with delivering a report within a week, following which further actions will be determined.

Concerns have been raised about the results of NEET UG-2024. The NTA awarded grace marks to 1,563 students, allegedly leading to 67 students achieving top All India Rank. As many as 67 students scored perfect 720 marks out of total 720. A total of 24 lakh students appeared for the exam, and the results were announced on June 4.

Committee will investigate the 1,563 candidates and the six centers

NTA Director General Singh stated that a committee will investigate the 1,563 candidates and the six centers where the grace marks were awarded. The centers under scrutiny are located in Meghalaya, Bahadurgarh (Haryana), Dantewada, Balod (Chhattisgarh), Surat (Gujarat), and Chandigarh. CCTV footage and reports from these centers will be reviewed.

In the meantime, petitions have been filed in the Delhi, MP and Calcutta High Courts regarding irregularities in the results. Allegations include an increased number of top scorers, discrepancies in the marking scheme, changes in the answer key, and a paper leak before the exam.

Grace marks did not impact the overall results or qualifying criteria

Singh assured that the grace marks did not impact the overall results or qualifying criteria, emphasizing that the issue pertains to only 1,563 students out of the more than 23 lakh who took the exam, and involves just 6 of the 4,750 centers.

The committee will examine the grace marks and the time lost by the 1,563 students, and their results will be revised if necessary. Singh emphasized that this will not affect the admission process for MBBS, BDS, and other medical courses following the NEET results. The final decision will be based on the committee's recommendations.

Paper leak

Regarding the paper leak, Singh clarified that the leaked paper appeared on social media after the exam had started. He pledged to strengthen protocols and standards to prevent such incidents in the future.

Medical student associations demand action

In light of recent controversies surrounding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2024, major medical student associations have raised serious concerns and called for immediate action.

Dr. Syed Faizan Ahmad, National Vice President of the All India Medical Students' Association (AIMSA), has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged paper leak and other irregularities in the NEET exam. "We want proper CBI enquiry for the NEET exam paper leak," said Dr. Ahmad.

The United Doctors Front Association (UDFA) also issued a strong statement supporting NEET aspirants and demanding comprehensive investigations into the alleged irregularities. The UDFA has sent letters to multiple high-ranking officials, including the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, the Chairman of the National Medical Commission, and the Director of the CBI. 

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