Even as the Punjab and Haryana high court issued a show cause notice to the CBSE board over the six incorrect questions in AIPMT, CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi’s reply to the questions raised by petitioner Arvind Goyal may have come too little, too late. The reply sent on Monday, 19 days after being asked to respond, did not provide the grounds on which the board decided that the questions were not incorrect, said Goyal.
Earlier, Goyal had submitted a representation to CBSE, along with Punjab and High court’s June 18 order directing the board take a decision on the six alleged ambiguous questions in biology section of the All India Pre Medical Test within one week.
However the board’s reply appeared to be a mere formality. For, rather than answering each question in detail, the board’s reply merely stated that it had referred the six incorrect questions, with supportive documents, to subject experts for their opinion and all the objections were duly considered, before the final key was prepared.
Terming the response as “eyewash”, Goyal said, “The errors pointed out by me were clear. I had even attached references of standard textbooks to prove that they were incorrect.”
The board’s reply, he said, indicated their lack of seriousness.
“Now the high court has issued a notice to the chairman of the board again asking them why they have not taken a decision yet. He has been asked to submit its reply before July 18. We hope that this time the board’s chairman comes up with a better justification for the questions concerned,” he said. While uploading the answer keys on June 8, the board had admitted to errors in three questions and had awarded four bonus marks for each of the incorrect question to the candidates who had taken the test.
However, Arvind Goyal’s petition stated that board had ignored six erroneous questions in the biology section, which accounts for the highest marks in the exam.