The Supreme Court is to hear petitions on NEET UG discrepancies on June 8

EdexLive Desk

These petitions seek a cancellation and reconduct of NEET UG this year, as well as an investigation of the test conducting body National Testing Agency's (NTA) operations.
Here’s a timeline of everything that happened so far.
The NEET UG 2024 was conducted on May 5. Students allege facing several discrepancies such as being given the wrong question paper. A few students also alleged a leak in the paper, prompting Bihar police to arrest 13 persons eventually.
The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of Bihar takes over the case of the paper leak from the Bihar Police.
When a few candidates moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay of the results in light of the investigation, the court refused. However, it directed the National Testing Agency to respond.
On June 4, the day of the counting of the Lok Sabha election results, the NTA published the results of NEET UG, ten days ahead of schedule.
It was found that there were several discrepancies in the marks and that 67 students were given a score of 720/720.
The NTA, after investigation, issued a notice calling the leak allegations “baseless and without any ground”, and explained that the inflated marks are due to “grace marks” being awarded to the students on account of loss of time during the exam.
These discrepancies prompted students and student organisations to launch protests against the NTA.
Even Alakh Pandey, CEO of EdTech giant Physics Wallah joined the fight, moving the Supreme Court.
While hearing petitions to cancel the exam, the Supreme Court stated that the "sanctity [of exam] has been affected", but refused to order a stay in the counselling process.
On June 13, Dharmendra Pradhan, the newly re-elected Union Minister for Education, denied all allegations of a paper leak and corruption of the NTA.
On June 13, 2024, the Supreme Court authorised the cancellation of the scorecards of 1,563 candidates who received grace marks and ordered a re-test for them. Not to forget the various attempts made to discuss NEET in the Parliament by the Opposition, led by Congress' Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha and Mallikarjun Kharge in the Rajya Sabha.
Also, the Centre and NTA submitted an affidavit to SC on July 5 stating that re-NEET is not "rationale". Now, the Supreme Court has listed a majority of the petitions to be heard coming Monday, July 8,