NEET-UG: Number of top rankers to go down from 67 to 61 as a result of NTA withdrawing grace marks

In the recent development coming from the Supreme Court hearing, held this morning, June 13, the Centre informed the apex court that NTA would withdraw the grace marks awarded to 1,563 candidates
This is what happened
This is what happened (Pic: EdexLive Desk)

The number of those cadidates who have achieved top ranks in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test - Undergraduate (NEET-UG) exam will go down to 61 from 67.

This comes after the National Testing Agency's (NTA) move to withdraw grace marks which were awarded to 1,563 students due to time loss, officials shared today, Thursday, June 13.

Out of the 1,563 candidates, six of those who appeared in the medical entrance exam from the same centre in Haryana had shared the top rank with 61 other candidates, stated a report by PTI.

Amid the controversy revolving around the NEET-UG 2024, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court today, Thursday, June 13, that it has cancelled the grace marks awarded to 1,563 candidates who took the examination for admission to MBBS and other such courses.

They will have the option to either take a retest or forego the compensatory marks awarded to them for loss of time.

"Six out of these 1,563 candidates shared the first rank with 61 others. The number of top rankers will now go down from 67 to 61," a senior National Testing Agency (NTA) official said.

Unless these candidates take a retest and score 720 out of 720, they will not regain their top spot, the official added.

Asked about how the ranks of other candidates will be impacted, the official explained, "The scores of these 1,563 candidates will now be the pre-normalisation scores and not one with grace marks. A revised rank list will be issued only when we know how many of these candidates want to take a retest."

Refusing to stall the counselling process for NEET-UG, 2024, scheduled to commence on July 6, the Supreme Court made it clear that the admission of successful candidates to medical colleges and other institutions will be subject to the outcome of the petitions that have sought relief such as cancellation of the examination held on May 5 on grounds of question paper leaks and other malpractices.

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