Published: 08th October 2020
Parents shell out big bucks for NEET 2020 challenges as students allege gross mistakes in their NEET OMR sheets
A lot of them haven't challenged the wrongly marked answers owing to the cost. The NTA is yet to comment on this issue
More NEET aspirants from various corners of the country are alleging mistakes and mismanagement in their OMR sheets, three days after the National Testing Agency released them online. A lot of these students whom we spoke to are the ones who had claimed to have expected a score of above 600. However, not all of them have raised a challenge, owing to the fee of Rs 1,000 charged by the NTA per question.
At the same time, a parent Mahendra Joshi, from Gujarat tells us that he had challenged 91 questions in his daughter Disha's OMR sheet by paying a sum of Rs 91,000. "She had attempted 178 out of 180 questions. After coming home, she checked the answer key to find out that she got 177 of them correct. She would have gotten 707 marks," says Joshi. "However, upon checking the NTA website, she was shocked to see a different answer sheet, where 8 questions were unanswered. Wrong answers were marked for around 90 other questions. She was quite upset," he says.
Even though Joshi wrote an email to the NTA about the same, he immediately paid the sum to challenge the questions. "I couldn't have done anything else. My daughter was under a lot of stress. She never scored below 700 in any of the mock tests. So, I was quite convinced that this wasn't her OMR sheet," he says. Even though Joshi doesn't rule out the possibility of a technical error here, he notices that almost all the students who had similar issues had expected a high score in NEET.
Another parent of a student took to Twitter to say that the OMR sheet displayed under his son's credentials were different on two different dates. While he was eligible for a score of 600, according to the first sheet, it dropped down to 270 now. Oddly, the father also says that his son's signature was fabricated in the second OMR sheet. Another parent said that 29 questions were unmarked, according to the OMR sheet on the NTA website.
COVID suspicion gone wrong
In another bizarre incident narrated by Abhishek Soni from Madhya Pradesh, his brother was asked by the invigilator to write the answers separately on another paper, suspecting that he had contracted COVID. "He coughed a couple of times during the exam and was taken to a separate room, where the invigilator asked him to write the answers in another paper and that she would fill those answers in his OMR sheet. But upon checking the OMR sheet, we found out that wrong answers were marked instead of the ones that he wrote," he says. Soni has now written to various authorities about the same.
Messages sent to the NTA Director-General Vineet Joshi didn't yield a response. This copy will be updated once he responds or when the NTA issues a statement.