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NEET UG 2024 SC hearing tomorrow: Will the Supreme Court order a re-test?

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2024. There were several incidents leading to questions being leaked, allegations of “grace marks” and concerns over the integrity of the exam, which even reached the Supreme Court.
Tomorrow, on July 11, everyone's eyes will be on the Supreme Court, which will give its verdict in this case. NEET and 2024 The main question is 'Will the Supreme Court order a retrial?'
On July 8, 2024, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said that ordering a re-examination for about 23 lakh students would be the last resort. He mentioned that many of these candidates come from poor families and cannot afford the additional travel costs unless absolutely necessary. During the hearing, the Supreme Court emphasized the need for a thorough investigation and a full disclosure report before reaching a final decision.

NEET UG 2024 Hearing: Will there be a re-exam for NEET UG 2024?

On July 8, while hearing the NEET UG 2024 petition, the Supreme Court said, “The fact that the sanctity of the exam has been compromised is beyond doubt. Now, what will be the consequence of that leak will depend on the nature of that leak. If it is not widespread, there is no need for cancellation. Before ordering a re-examination, we must be careful. We are dealing with the careers of 23 lakh students,” CJI Chandrachud said.
In addition, the Supreme Court has outlined the criteria on the basis of which it can decide whether a re-examination is needed or not. The Supreme Court will take its decision based on the following criteria:

  • Whether the alleged violation occurred at a systemic level.
  • Whether the violation affects the integrity of the examination process.
  • Is it possible to differentiate the beneficiaries of the fraud from the untainted students.
  • If the violations are gross and it is not possible to distinguish between tainted and untainted candidates, the court will order a re-test.

NEET UG 2024 Controversy: Brief Timeline

This year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted NEET UG 2024 for over 23 lakh students at a few centres across India and abroad on May 5, 2024. In the same month, a petition was filed alleging irregularities in the medical exam, raising concerns about a possible question paper leak.
On June 4, the NTA declared the much-awaited NEET UG 2024 result. However, this year 67 students topped the exam with a perfect score of 720, which once again raised many questions. Moreover, rumours began to spread that some students were given “grace marks”. That same week, many students, along with their parents, started protesting across the country and the demand for re-evaluation gained momentum.
The controversy escalated further on June 10 when several candidates filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Many political leaders also expressed their support in the matter and demanded a thorough investigation into the matter. On June 11, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the NTA and the Central Government and sought a response to the allegations.
The same week, the Supreme Court ordered a re-examination for 1,563 students who had received “grace marks”. On 14 June, the Union education minister denied allegations of corruption in the NEET exam and the government agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
On 15 June, a fresh petition was filed in the Supreme Court demanding re-evaluation of all answer sheets.
On June 17, the Education Minister had admitted irregularities in the NEET exam and also admitted lapses in security protocols.
After this, the Supreme Court directed the Bihar and Gujarat Police to submit a detailed report on the investigation of the NEET-UG paper leak case. Apart from this, the Supreme Court also refrained from ordering a nationwide re-examination for all students.
On July 8, the Supreme Court heard the ongoing NEET UG case, with the Chief Justice stressing that re-exams for around 23 lakh students would be the last option, highlighting the financial burden it would put on families. Further, the Court said that a thorough investigation and a full disclosure report is required before arriving at a final decision.



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