The Madras High Court today ordered the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) to award 196 marks — 4 marks each for 49 erroneous questions — to candidates who appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 in Tamil. Hearing a petition over compensatory marks, the Madurai bench of Madras High Court directed CBSE to revise NEET rank list in two weeks.
Justices CT Selvam and AM Basheer Ahamed of the Madurai Bench also directed the CBSE to consequently revise the list of eligible candidates and publish it afresh. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP Rangarajan. He complained that 49 questions have errors in the NEET 2018 paper.
Earlier, a bench comprising Justices CT Selvam and AM Basheer Ahamed, criticised the CBSE and the government saying that the mistakes in the question paper were not mere ambiguity. The CBSE has suspended the medical counselling sessions until the new rank list is released.
The CBSE said that the decision on the most appropriate answer was taken by experts and marks were awarded based on that. On this, the bench wondered whether the board entrusted with the conduct of such a national-level examination could be so uncertain about the answers to the questions raised by it.
Such an exercise, giving marks for the most appropriate answer, might be acceptable for civil service examination. But to do it in respect of the NEET examination for students aged 17-18 should not have been thought of. The level of difficulty should not be raised to such a level for the teenagers, the bench said in its order.
NEET 2018 results were published in June first week and the counselling process has already started. In Tamil Nadu, about 1.07 lakh candidates took the test across 170 centres in 10 cities
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines