NEET: Applicant files plea in SC to set aside combined results

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 21:58 IST
An aspiring doctor has petitioned the Supreme Court to set aside the combined result of the single-window medical entrance test NEET, which is conducted in two phases. (HT file)

The legal tussle over the single-window medical entrance test NEET has reached the Supreme Court again, with an aspiring doctor filing a petition to set aside the combined result of the exam conducted in two phases.

Bihar-based Shivangi Singh said the authorities should have declared the results after normalization of marks obtained by the candidates in the two tests. A successful candidate herself, Shivangi claimed the students who took the second paper did not get enough time compared to those who took NEET-I. According to her, it was unfair to treat students of the different tests on par.

Her advocate Manoj Singh mentioned the petition before a bench headed by Justice AR Dave who agreed to hear the case next week.

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The plea said the declaration of combined result without normalising the marks obtained by candidates in NEET-I and II was “illegal and unconstitutional.”

Shivangi stated in her petition that treating NEET-I and II – held on different dates with two different sets of questions with different difficulty level – cannot be treated as one single exam for determining the ranks. Without applying the normalization formula would amount to placing NEET-I candidates higher in All India Ranking compared to the students who took NEET-II.

There should be an independent committee of experts to ascertain the different in the difficulty level of the question papers, the petitioner said and also sought a direction to the CBSE to rectify the errors in answer keys in question booklet of NEET-II.

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