NEET 2024: Govt Tells SC 1,563 Students Will be Allowed Re-test, Their Grace Marks Cancelled
Debayan Roy (Bar  and  Bench) 14 June 2024
The Central government told the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday that candidates who got less than the allotted time to write the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate exam 2024 for medical college admissions will have the option to re-take the exam or forgo grace marks awarded earlier for suffering a loss of time.
 
The development has come amid controversy that the 'arbitrary' award of grace marks led to a shocking surge of top scorers during the NEET, with several claims being made of malpractices, cheating and irregularities in the conduct of the exam.
 
The Court was informed today that all 1,563 candidates who suffered as they got less than the allotted time to write NEET 2024, will be given the option for the re-test.
 
If they choose to take the re-exam, their earlier NEET score will stand cancelled and the new score after the re-exam will be counted instead.
 
If these students choose not to take the re-test, their original scores will remain but without counting grace marks awarded earlier on account of the loss of time.
 
A bench of justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta was informed that such a course was suggested after a committee meeting held on 12 June 2024. This was recorded in the Court's order today.
 
"As per the recommendations, it has been suggested that the scorecard of affected 1563 candidates will be cancelled and withdrawn and, actual scores will be informed without grace marks and re exam will be conducted for them. The result of those who do not take a re-test will be the exam's actual scores without grace marks," the Court noted.
 
The National Testing Agency (NTA) also informed that the re-test will be held on 23 June 2024 and its results would be notified by 30 June 2024.
 
 
The medical college counselling will begin after that from 6 July 2024. 
 
Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union minister of education, says, "There is no leakage of NEET UG question papers and there is no corruption in the NEET UG exam. The government will implement the direction of the Supreme Court on the matter."
 
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