The central government stated earlier that it would be able to repeat the NEET-UG exam if it was directed. The center sought a stay of the Bombay High Court’s order that required a re-examination of two medical aspirants. In its petition to the Supreme Court today, the center stated that 16 lakh students attended NEET this year. It added that every year, students will seek a re-exam for any mistake.
The Supreme Court:
Justices L Nageswara Rao (Judge) and BR Gavai (Justice) observed that, while the Court sympathized with the students’ plight, it was not possible to order a retest. Live Law reported that the bench observed that the marks of both students were calculated according to the suggestion made by the NTA to High Court. The scores would be calculated regardless of whether the test booklet code or OMR sheet is different.
The apex court made interesting observations today during the hearing. It noted that if the court passed the order to hold the re-exam of individual cases and students, it would create a bad precedent for the future. Justice Rao, who was hearing the case today, said that students could make it a habit to request reexamination for minor cases if they were allowed. Justice Rao also stated that every year, students would come forward to request a re-exam for one or more minor matters. Therefore, it was crucial for the court to not intervene in this matter because the results are already known.
Two NEET aspirants hailing from Maharashtra had contacted the Bombay High Court earlier in October to complain about a mistake made by an exam invigilator when they distributed answer sheets. Vaishnavi and Abhishek Kapse complained that exam invigilators gave them incorrectly matched test booklets and answer sheets at the NEET exam Centre in Solapur. They didn’t correct the problem even after being pointed out by both students. After hearing the NTA’s position on the matter and after assessing the evidence, the High Court ordered the National Testing Agency to conduct NEET re-exams for both students with 48 hours’ notice.
The Supreme Court granted permission for the NTA to declare the results. NEET-UG results were declared by the NTA on November 1. This year was fraught with controversy. There were also reports of impersonation and the NEET paper leaked. The NTA has canceled the NEET results for 15 candidates who used unfair methods during the exam.
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