Many students, who took the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses on Sunday, are unaware that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will upload evaluated OMR (optical mark recognition) answersheets on its website this year.
The board will upload the images of OMR answersheets graded by the machine on www.cbseneet.nic.in prior to the declaration of the result.
The CBSE will declare the result in the first week of June and upload the OMR sheets in the last week on May.
"Through this the students will know which answer of the controversial questions is being considered as correct by the board. Moreover, they can also bring any wrong answers to the notice of the board, giving them a fair chance to improve their score, keeping in mind that even one mark makes a lot of difference in the national ranking," Arvind Goyal, biology expert and PMT trainer, said.
The candidates can challenge the OMR grading on a payment of Rs 1,000 per response, which will be refunded if his or her challenge is found correct by the board.
The test this year comprised three papers. While the biology paper had 90 questions, physics and chemistry papers had 45 questions each.
Managing director, GIIT-JEE Institute, Chandigarh, Anil Verma said, "The students have been given this opportunity for the first time where they can raise any query on a question which they think is marked incorrect by the board. This is a good initiative by the board as in the past there have been instances where questions were wrongly framed or there were two answers to a question."
One of the candidates Shivam Gandhi said, "I think this is the best opportunity we can get as students, and it will help us check whether our attempted questions had correct answers."
Harsimrat Kaur, who also appeared in the test, said, "The board has done a good thing because students need to know how they are being marked and nothing better than seeing our OMR sheets."