NEET Exam Invigilators Goofed Up: Bombay HC Orders Special Exam For 2 Students

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The Bombay High Court directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the NEET exam afresh for two medical aspirants in Maharashtra’s Solapur. The students weren’t provided with the same set of answer and question sheets due to an oversight of the exam’s invigilators. Students who took the test on September 12 complained to HC they were disappointed that invigilators were unable to rectify the error. The two students appeared on the medical entrance test on the 12th of September. However, they were not provided with an identical set of questions and answer sheets because of an error by the invigilators. Students, Vaishnavi Bhopale and Abhishek Kapse protested at the High Court that the officials were unable to rectify the error. Justice Abhay Ahuja, a division judge RD Dhanuka associative justice Abhay Ahuja ordered NTA to give the candidates an early notification of 48 hours regarding the date of the retest, as well as the center for communication and also to declare that the petitioners’ deadline to be 2 weeks.

The Bombay High Court:

The petitioners informed the judge that NEET students receive an answer and question booklet (sheet) with the same code and Seven-digit serial code. However, due to the mistake of invigilators, certain students, including the petitioners, were provided with question and answer booklets that had various serial numbers and codes. The students who were the petitioners – Vaishnavi Bhopale as well as Abhishek Kapse have complained to the high court that invigilators had refused to rectify the error even though they promptly identified the mistake.

They immediately brought it up and the invigilators immediately warned them to pursue them for causing disturbance and disruption in the exam hall, the petition stated. The petitioners stated that they tried to discuss the issue with the officials concerned, but did not do anything to correct the situation.

Advocate Rui Rodrigues appeared on behalf of the NTA and argued that the exam wasn’t “not possible” for the exam board to allow petitioners to take the test.

The justices RD Dhanuka as well as Abhay Ahuja however declared that plaintiffs “shall not suffer because of the mistake on the part of respondents.”


In this case, the invigilator is expected under clause 7 of NEET’s Test Booklet Code to rectify the error and issue an appropriate Test Booklet and OMR Sheet to the student who was affected According to Thorat and added that the school later admitted the mistake in its communications with NTA officers and requested the testing agency for assistance the two students.

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