NEET UG 2024 Grace Marks Cancelled: Re-Exam Announced, Check New Exam Date

NEET UG 2024 Grace Marks Cancelled: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the decision to give grace marks to 1,563 candidates of NEET-UG 2024 by the National Testing Agency (NTA) has been cancelled and the students will be given an option to apply for a retest on June 23.

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The government told the court that a committee has been constituted to review the results of over 1,563 candidates who were awarded ‘grace marks’ to compensate for the loss of time suffered while appearing for NEET-UG.

The Committee has taken a decision to cancel the scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who were given grace marks and these students will be given the option to take a re-test, SC informed. Exams will be conducted on June 23 and results will be declared before June 30,” (National Testing Agency) NTA told the apex court.

NEET-UG 2024 controversy

The NEET-UG 2024 results have been mired in controversy due to allegations of irregularities and a paper leak, casting a shadow over the credibility of the examination. This year’s inflated marks have sparked concern among medical aspirants, worried about the challenges of securing admission to medical colleges in the upcoming academic year.

A notable 67 candidates achieved the top rank by securing a percentile of 99.997129, with six of these candidates appearing from the same exam centre. The average score among qualified candidates stood at 323.55 out of 720.

Education Minister rejects allegations of NEET paper leak

Meanwhile, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan rejected allegations of paper leak in NEET-UG exam, saying there is no evidence of it.

“There is no evidence of paper leak in NEET-UG. The allegations of corruption in NTA are unfounded, it is a very credible body,” Pradhan was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

NEET 2023 Re Exam

Opposition demands SC monitored investigation

The Opposition, on the other hand, demanded a Supreme Court-monitored investigation into the NEET UG matter. “The Congress believes that BJP govt attitude towards an ongoing NEET issue is irresponsible and insensitive. We demand SC monitored investigation into this scandal that has affected 2.4 million aspirants. We believe no inquiry can be unbiased if it is done by NTA. Its chairperson should be removed,” said Congress leader and MP Gaurav Gogoi at a press conference in Delhi.

Decision to Cancel Grace Marks

The Centre informed the Supreme Court about its decision to cancel the scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who were given grace marks. This move was made in response to claims of malpractice during the exam. The Union’s statement clarified that the scorecards of these students would be invalidated, and they would be given a chance to take a re-examination.

READ ALSO: NEET UG MBBS Cutoff 2024: General, OBC, SC, ST, PwD.

Supreme Court’s Response

Despite the controversy, the Supreme Court confirmed that the counselling process for NEET-UG 2024 will proceed as scheduled. The court stated, “Counselling will proceed as scheduled and there will be no interruption. If the exam continues, everything else will proceed as well, so there is no cause for concern.” This means that while the re-exam will be conducted, the overall schedule for admissions will not be affected.

READ ALSO: MCC NEET UG Counselling 2024: Registration, Schedule, Eligibility, Fee, Process

Implications of Cheating in Medical Exams

The petitioners emphasized the severe implications of cheating in medical entrance exams. They argued, “This field requires a deep understanding of scientific and medical knowledge… cheating or using unfair means to pass an exam can lead to a lack of competence and endanger lives of patients.” They also pointed out the broader societal impact, stating, “It perpetuates inequalities by favoring those who can afford to pay for leaked exam papers or engage in fraudulent activities while disadvantaging those who rely on their hard work and merit to succeed and the same also impacts the society as a whole.”

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