60% improved scores but could not match what they got with grace marks, ET HealthWorld

60% improved scores but could not match what they got with grace marks, ET HealthWorld


New Delhi: Of the 813 NEET applicants who re-took the exam after grace marks were cancelled, 60 per cent improved their original scores excluding grace marks. Among them, 4 out of 5 had a total score of 720 after adding grace marks, the maximum possible in the test. Another member of the 720 club saw a drop in marks by just 4. However, none of them could match their scores after adding grace marks.

Excluding grace marks, their scores have increased by 10 to 40 marks. Though the NTA has not released the scores unlike in the case of regular NEET, 11 candidates have been reported to have scored 670 or more marks.

NEET-UG re-examination results will ensure that there is no change in the number of toppers

These students were among the 1,563 who were given grace marks as they were initially given the wrong set of question papers and could not appear for the full three hours and 20 minutes allotted for the exam.

The grace marks given to them created a lot of uproar, with many well-known coaching institutes alleging corruption, following which the National Testing Agency (NTA) reversed the decision of giving grace marks and gave 1,563 students the option of retaking the exam or being satisfied with their marks without any grace marks. In this situation, only 813 students expressed their willingness to retake the exam.

The result of the re-examination declared on Monday will ensure that there will be no change in the number of toppers, which has come down to 61 after the exclusion of six, whose marks had become 720 after adding grace marks.

Out of the 1,563 candidates, 750 opted to retain their scores without grace marks. Though their ranks dropped, their original marks; that is, what they scored without grace marks, are enough to get them seats in good government medical colleges.

Allegations of a scam gained momentum after it was discovered that six students who scored 720 marks had taken the exam from the same centre, following which the NTA reversed its decision on grace marks. This change was accepted by the Supreme Court.

The official statement on Monday said: “As per the order… the re-examination was conducted on 23rd June 2024 for 1,563 candidates… out of which a total of 813 candidates appeared,” adding, “It is now informed that the revised score cards of all the candidates of NEET (UG) 2024 (including 1,563 candidates who appeared in the re-examination on 23rd June 2024) are being hosted on the website…”

In Chandigarh, only two candidates were registered but there was zero attendance. Jhajjar centre, which was under investigation, recorded 58 per cent attendance where 287 of the 494 candidates took the exam.

Over 23 lakh of the 24 lakh candidates appeared for the NEET-UG exam held across 4,750 centres on May 5. 67 students initially scored 720 marks, an unprecedented number in the history of NEET, six of whom were from one centre in Haryana, raising suspicion of irregularities and the role of grace marks.

The NEET-UG exam conducted by NTA is for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across India.

The agency is currently under investigation over alleged irregularities in the exam, including a leak of the question paper, and various groups are demanding a re-examination.

  • Published on July 2, 2024 at 10:28 AM IST

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