Who cheated in NEET? A question mark on the future of 23 lakh students

NeetUG24Controversy: ‘My seat has been stolen, we want to re-NEET’. This slogan is echoing in the minds of 23 lakh 33 thousand students. Actually, this number is of those students who appeared in the NEET 2024 exam. On June 4, when the fate of the country was being determined by the counting of votes cast in EVMs and ballot boxes, at the same time, the fate of these students was also being prepared on the basis of OMR sheets. But now due to the investigation of this OMR sheet, the number of toppers and the 100 percent marks they got, the future of 23 lakh students has been put into question.

What is the whole matter?

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test i.e. NEET, in this year’s exam, there are 67 such students who have secured the first position. That is, they have got full 100 percent marks. Full 720 marks out of 720. The biggest thing is that out of the 67 students who topped, 6 students have given the exam at the same exam center, which is in Jhajjar, Haryana. In this exam, some students have got 718 and 719 marks, which is mathematically not possible at all in terms of the scheme of the exam.

Actually, in this exam, if a student answers a question correctly, he gets 4 marks. On the other hand, if a question is answered incorrectly, one mark is deducted from the marks obtained. Now suppose a student has written answers to all the questions in which only one answer is wrong, then he will get 715 marks. Now the question arises that on what basis and by what mathematics some students have got 718 and 719 marks.

Apart from this, questions are also being raised on the fact that when the NEET result was to be declared on June 14, then why was it declared on June 4? Was this done deliberately so that people’s attention remains focused on the election results and there is no discussion on the NEET results? These are big questions, which will probably be answered in the future.

Wrong checking of OMR sheet

This case has come to light from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. When Nishita Soni, a resident of this place, saw her result, she was shocked. She had got 340 marks. Whereas, Nishita claims that she should have got 617 marks. Actually, now the OMR sheet of the student also comes with the result, so that the student can recheck his marks. When Nishita checked her OMR sheet, it was found that she had answered 178 questions out of a total of 200 questions. In this, the answers to 159 questions were correct and 19 were wrong. In such a situation, Nishita should have got a total of 617 marks. However, in the result, Nikita has been given 340 marks. Now Nishita has reached Jabalpur High Court regarding this matter.

Why the suspicion of paper leak?

On May 5, 2024, when NEET exam was being conducted across the country, at the same time Patna Police got information that an attempt was being made to leak the question paper of NEET UG exam. On May 6, Bihar Police took action on this, took 13 accused in judicial custody and questioned them.

However, the police did not say anything clearly about the paper leak. At that time, Patna SSP Rajiv Mishra had told ABP News in this entire matter that whether the paper was leaked or not is a sensitive issue. It would not be right to give a conclusion on this at this time, because this is a very sensitive point related to the future of 24 lakh candidates.

Coaching institutes are also angry

Along with the students, teachers running big coaching institutes in the country are also now angry with the NEET result. Alakh Pandey, founder of Physics Wala, has spoken out on this issue and while sharing a video on social media, he has said that he will now send a legal notice to the National Testing Agency regarding the irregularities in the NEET result. At the same time, Nitin Vijay, who runs an organization named Motion Education, is also angry with this result and is running a campaign against it on social media. Apart from this, he is also talking about going to the Supreme Court.

Demand of Junior Doctors

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Junior Doctors Network has demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularities in NEET and has written a letter to NTA Chairman Pradeep Kumar Joshi. In this, the doctors’ organization has also requested to conduct the NEET exam again to ensure a fair and transparent evaluation process for all the students.

Students’ movement

In Uttar Pradesh, which is always known for giving correct answers, students have started protesting against the tampering in the results of the NEET exam. From Varanasi to Kanpur, a crowd of students is slowly coming out on the streets. On Friday, a large number of students in Kanpur protested vigorously alleging rigging and irregularities in the results of the NEET exam.

On the other hand, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s parliamentary constituency Varanasi is also witnessing student protests. The students there are demanding cancellation of NEET exam alleging irregularities in its results. They clearly say that there has been fraud and irregularities in the results of NEET exam, hence it should be investigated and NEET exam should be conducted again.

Can the exam be conducted again?

It is not that if NEET exam is conducted again, it will be the first time. In 2015, when the national level medical entrance exam AIPMT i.e. All India Pre Medical Test was conducted for MBBS and BDS admission, there were reports of paper leak at that time also. At that time, it was alleged that answers to questions were sent to some students through electronic devices at the exam center. When this matter reached the court, the Supreme Court said that the medical entrance exam should be cancelled and the exam should be conducted again in 4 weeks. Now it remains to be seen what decision the Supreme Court will take this time.

What is NTA’s answer?

The National Testing Agency, while answering all these questions, released a press release on June 6. In this, NTA said that some students got 718 or 719 marks because they were given grace marks. This was done because they got less time at the examination center. On the students who got 720 out of 720 marks, NTA said that this happened because these students were given revision marks for the answer to a question in Physics. On releasing the result early, NTA replied that declaring the result as soon as possible is a fixed process and this time NTA has done this work within 30 days.

After this, on June 8, National Testing Agency held a press conference and in it, Director General of NTA Subodh Kumar Singh said that a committee of former UPSC chairmen and educationists will investigate the irregularities in NEET and this committee can present its report in the next 7 days. However, this investigation will not be of the entire case, rather the investigation of the alleged irregularities will be limited to only 6 centers and 1600 candidates. However, NTA did not give any answer as to why a day like June 4 was chosen to announce the result, when the results of Lok Sabha were to be announced.

Also read: Allegations of irregularities in NEET 2024 exam, doctors demand CBI investigation and re-examination

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