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.
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.