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Serious allegations of scam regarding toppers and grace marks in NEET results, now NTA has openly put forth its point


NTA has issued its clarification on the ongoing controversy regarding NEET. The agency has put forth its point on all the issues.

When the NEET result was released, students and experts started raising questions on NTA. Some people called it a scam and some called it negligence. On this, NTA has now issued its clarification. NTA issued a notice on Thursday saying that people are expressing concern about the recent increase in cut-off scores and the number of top scorers in the NEET-UG exam. NTA said that cutoff scores are determined every year based on the overall performance of the candidates.

The cutoff is decided based on performance

NTA said in the notice, cutoff scores are determined every year on the basis of the overall performance of the candidate. The increase in cutoff reflects the competitive nature of the exam and the higher performance standard achieved by the candidates this year. The cut-off and average marks (out of 720) of the qualified candidates vary every year. The NTA said that the cutoff for the general category was 147 in 2020, 138 in 2021, 117 in 2022, 137 in 2023 and 164 in 2024. It further said that CCTV cameras were installed at all exam centers, due to which the integrity of the exam has not been compromised.

Allegations denied

The NTA has denied allegations of irregularities and inflated marks in the NEET-UG exam. They attributed several factors for the high marks, including recent changes made in NCERT books and grace marks given to make up for lost time at some exam centers. NTA further said that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of candidates appearing for the exam, which has increased from 20,38,596 in the year 2023 to 23,33,297 in 2024. This is why these cutoffs have gone up so much.

This is what was said about grace marks

Talking about the issue of grace marks, NTA said that several petitions were filed by NEET-UG candidates in the High Courts of Punjab and Haryana, Delhi and Chhattisgarh. In these petitions, it was said about the loss of examination time due to some issues at some exam centers, due to which it was decided to give grace marks to those students. "The concerns raised by the candidates regarding loss of examination time through writ petitions and representations were explored, and 1,563 candidates were compensated for the loss of time, and the revised marks of such candidates vary from 20 to 720 marks. Out of these, two candidates' marks are also 718 and 719 respectively due to compensatory marks." NTA said that there has been no paper leak.

What is the whole matter

It is worth noting that NEET UG 2024 exam was conducted on 5 May at 4,750 centers in 571 cities, including 14 foreign cities, more than 24 lakh candidates appeared in this exam. NTA released the result and cutoff, names of toppers on 4 June and then the controversy escalated. Lakhs of students demanded NTA to conduct the exam again and even sought intervention from the Supreme Court in this matter. Students raised concerns about how 67 candidates managed to secure the top ranks, pointing to a possible inflated number. Notably, 6 of these top scorers were from the same exam centre in Haryana, raising suspicions about the exam process.

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