NEET UG row: SC to hear pleas on Monday

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is set to address a series of petitions concerning the NEET-UG 2024 medical entrance exam, scheduled for hearing on July 8. The petitions, encompassing allegations of irregularities and malpractices during the May 5 exam, advocate for various remedies including a fresh exam.

The Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA), responsible for conducting NEET-UG, have vehemently opposed scrapping the exam, arguing that such a move would unfairly impact millions of honest candidates without substantial evidence of widespread confidentiality breaches.

A bench led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, alongside Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, is slated to review 38 petitions related to the exam, which has been marred by accusations ranging from question paper leaks to impersonation.
In response to the allegations, both the Union education ministry and the NTA have filed affidavits defending the integrity of the exam process. They contend that despite isolated incidents, the overall conduct of NEET-UG 2024 was fair and secure, emphasizing the absence of proof for mass malpractices.The affidavits highlight efforts to address concerns, including the involvement of the CBI in investigating cases across states and the establishment of a high-level committee to propose reforms for future exam administrations. These reforms aim to enhance transparency, data security, and the overall efficiency of the National Testing Agency.
Recently, controversy arose over the awarding of grace marks to candidates, prompting the cancellation of these marks for 1,563 individuals. The ensuing re-evaluation resulted in a revised rank list and highlighted discrepancies, including an unusual number of perfect scores.