Barely a week before results for the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) are to be announced, students have challenged the answer key released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), earlier this week. They have pointed out three questions, two under the Chemistry section and one under the Biology section, that are allegedly marked wrongly in the answer key.
“A student is awarded four marks for every correct answer and a negative mark for every wrong one. Looking at the bulk of students who have pointed out the same mistakes, looks like CBSE will have to take this into consideration,” said Rajesh Jain, from the Parents’ Association for Medical Students (PAMS). He added that many students had already challenged these questions and were hoping for a positive reaction from the authorities.
The answer key to both phases of NEET—one held on May 1 and the second held on July 24 — were released by CBSE on August 8 and the board was open to students challenging them till August 10. “If our answer is correct and we’ve been marked wrongly, then we stand to get five marks for each correct answer. Every mark can change ranks by several notches and so we will fight tooth and nail to prove our point,” said one of the students.
When HT contacted CBSE, officials said that the said questions will be looked into by an expert committee. “Our committee will look into the questions challenged by students and we will announce the results accordingly. As of now, students will have to wait for some clarity on the issue,” said Rama Sharma, CBSE public relations officer (PRO). The results for NEET—phases I and II—will be announced on August 17.