Published: 21st October 2020
Five days after NEET results, plenty of students cry foul over mismatch between their OMR sheets and scorecard - but plan to move on
At least 50 students have written to EdexLive alleging a mismatch between their NEET score and their OMR sheet. The NTA however said that its results are correct
Five days after the National Testing Agency released the results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020, at least 50 students have written to us and alleged errors in their scorecards. According to the data that EdexLive has collected, these students say that the marks recorded in their NEET scorecards were different from what they scored when they checked the OMR sheets that the NTA released on October 12.
Some of the students even noticed a difference of more than 500 marks between both scores. While most of them said that they have written to the NTA indicating this error, none of them received a response. More than half of the respondents also believed that their OMR sheets were replaced.
Undoubtedly, this has put the students in a stage of utter distress. Riya*, a student from West Bengal, says that she had observed a difference of more than 500 marks between the OMR sheet and her scorecard. "However, despite writing five emails to the NTA with all the documents, I am yet to receive an answer from them. I was expecting 620 marks, which would have made me eligible for a government seat. But the scorecard says that I have failed and have scored 130 marks," she says. Someone who dropped a year after class XII just to prepare for NEET, Riya is disappointed.
At the same time, she says that she is trying her best to move on from this issue. "My parents are trying to get me enrolled in a private nursing college near my house. This is not what I aspired for, but looks like this is the only option now," she says. However, she is adamant about giving NEET another shot in 2021. "I am well prepared. I know that I can crack the exam with just a revision," she adds.
Another student Ravi* from Andhra Pradesh points out that he was awarded only 72 marks, while he was eligible for 367 marks, according to his OMR sheet. "I didn't know how to react. I ended up laughing seeing my fate," he says. "My parents scolded me for wasting Rs 15,000. I am in no position to repeat NEET now. I will now try getting a seat for a course in agriculture or veterinary science," he says.
We had previously written about another student Vikash Goyal, who was eligible for 615 marks but scored only 10 marks. Vikash had pointed out a difference in the codes printed on his question paper and his OMR sheets and was assured by the NTA via email that it wouldn't cause him a problem. Even though he wrote an email again to the NTA addressing his issue, he says that he is yet to receive a proper response.
Commenting on similar allegations, the NTA, through a release said that the NEET results were declared after thorough scrutiny and are correct. "It is clarified that all genuine grievances will be addressed. However, manipulated and fabricated cases will be viewed seriously and NTA will be forced to take legal action laws of the land against such candidates," it read. It also said that the news about a student's incorrect NEET results is fake.