India’s Supreme Court to hear petitions alleging irregularities in NEET-UG exam on July 8 – News

India’s Supreme Court to hear petitions alleging irregularities in NEET-UG exam on July 8 – News

Published: Tue 2 Jul 2024, 15:35

Last updated: Tue Jul 2 2024, 15:36

The Supreme Court of India is expected to hear on July 8 a batch of petitions alleging paper leaks and irregularities in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Under Graduate (NEET-UG) 2024 examination held on May 5.

According to the list of cases for July 8, uploaded on the court’s website, the pleas will be heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.

The Supreme Court had earlier sought a response from the National Testing Agency (NTA) on pleas for a re-conduct of NEET-UG exam for 2024 amid allegations of paper leaks. The court said the “sanctity” of the exam has been compromised and a response from the testing body is needed.

The Supreme Court had told the NTA that if there was any negligence in conducting the NEET-UG examination 2024, it should be dealt with thoroughly.

The Centre and the NTA had on June 13 informed the Supreme Court that they had cancelled the grace marks awarded to 1,563 candidates and given the option to candidates to retake the examination on June 23 or waive the compensation marks awarded for loss of time. A total of 813 students appeared for the re-examination held on June 23 at seven centres.

The candidates had approached the apex court and raised the issue of leaking of the exam paper. Compensatory marks were awarded and there was an anomaly in the exam paper of NEET-UG.

A number of petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the NEET-UG 2024 results and re-conduct of the exam, alleging leaked papers and malpractices in the May 5 test.

The Supreme Court has refused to stay the conduct of NEET-UG, 2024.

The NEET-UG examination, conducted by the NTA, is the admission route for MBBS, BDS and AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

On May 5, the NEET-UG 2024 was held at 4,750 centres and around 2.4 lakh candidates appeared in the exam.