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NEET-UG row: Scorecards of 1,563 students with grace marks canceled, re-test on June 23

After the National Testing Agency (NTA) informed the Supreme Court that the scorecards of 1,563 candidates who received “grace marks” in the 2024 National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Undergraduate) exam will be cancelled, the NTA announced that a retest for all 1,563 candidates will be held on June 23.

“Subsequent to the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s observations on the report of NTA’s High Powered Committee, the grace/compensatory marks awarded to all 1,563 students stand withdrawn. A re-test of all the 1,563 candidates will be held on June 23,” stated the Testing Agency. The NTA added that they will contact all 1,563 candidates via email to notify them about the reexamination.

Earlier in the day, the NTA told a bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta that a committee has been constituted to review the results of over 1,563 candidates who were awarded “grace marks” to compensate for the loss of time suffered while appearing for NEET-UG.

The Apex Court reiterated that it will not stay the counselling of NEET-UG, 2024. “Counselling will go on and we will not stop it. If the exam goes, then everything goes in totality, so nothing to fear,” said the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will hear the petitions on July 8.

The Court took into record the statement of the NTA that a retest of 1,563 students will be notified today and will likely be held on June 23, with results declared before June 30, so that the counselling, set to begin in July, is not affected.

Aspirants have raised issues of question paper leakage, the awarding of compensatory marks, and anomalies in the questions of NEET 2024.

Several petitions were filed in the apex court seeking direction to recall NEET-UG 2024 results and to conduct the examination afresh, alleging paper leakage and malpractices in the test held on May 5. The NEET-UG examination, conducted by the NTA, is the pathway for admissions into MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

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