Delhi HC seeks NTA's response on NEET-UG candidate's answer key

A 17-year-old filed a petition and sought direction from the NTA to correct and re-publish the NEET-UG 2024 results, ranks and percentiles based on the revised marks
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Delhi HC(EdexLive desk)

Today, June 7, the Delhi High Court (HC) sought the National Testing Agency's (NTA) stand on a petition filed by a candidate for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test Undergraduate 2024 (NEET-UG). The petition raised a grievance about a question that has two correct answers in the answer key. 

According to PTI, a vacation bench of Justice DK Sharma asked the NTA's counsel to seek instructions on the petition, which has prayed that equal marks should be awarded to those who did not attempt the question as has been done for those who attempted either of the two correct answers.

Further, the petition emphasised the principle of fairness in a competitive examination which mandates that all candidates should be evaluated on an equal footing. Additionally, it alleged that the authorities compromised fairness by awarding marks to two correct options when the instructions had indicated that only one option was correct.

Petitioner's plea

A 17-year-old filed a petition to avoid a negative impact on her score. According to PTI, the aspirant did not attempt the question and scored 633 out of 720 marks with a total percentile of around 98 and an all-India rank close to 44,700 in the entrance examination, the plea has said.

The petitioner has said a single mark can significantly alter her all-India rank and therefore, sought a direction from the NTA to correct and re-publish the NEET-UG 2024 results, ranks and percentiles based on the revised marks.

What did the petition say?

The petition said, "On 03.06.2024, the respondent published the final answer key. It was observed that for question no.29 of Test Booklet Code R5, both options 2 and 4 were considered correct, contrary to the instructions that stated only one option could be correct."

"Not awarding marks in the case of a wrong question and forcing candidates to mark one, in the case of a question having two correct answers, is antithetical to the instruction that only one answer shall be right. It is submitted that it is extremely arbitrary for the respondent to expect candidates to attempt a wrong question, when there is negative marking and each mark can make a difference of hundreds of ranks, if not thousands," it added.

Further, the plea said that the results declared by the authorities were arbitrary and based on unfair grace marks given to various candidates, without the application of mind. "After the publication of the final result, it was identified that 67 candidates achieved a perfect score (720/720). However, trends prior to 2024 present a significantly different picture," it read

According to the PTI report, the matter would be heard next week.

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