The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to take a “considered decision” within a week on the matter of six incorrect questions in the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) held on May 4.
The results of the test, conducted for MBBS and BDS admissions, were declared on June 7.
The board uploaded the answer key on its website the next day and admitted only three questions in the test paper were incorrect, for each of which it awarded four bonus marks to candidates. According to the Supreme Court’s instruction, the first round of counselling has to be completed before June 25.
Following a PIL filed by a city resident, Arvind Goyal, a vacation court presided over by justice Rajive Bhalla instructed the CBSE to take a decision on the detailed representation submitted to the court by the petitioner.
Goyal had sought time-bound directions from the court for reexamining the matter and issuing directions to the CBSE to grant grace marks to candidates for the incorrect questions in the AIPMT paper. He had also requested for directions to the CBSE for preparation of a fresh merit list after taking corrective steps.
In response to its earlier directions, the petitioner’s counsel submitted the textbook references to the court in order to establish that six questions in the AIPMT paper were “ambiguous”.
Earlier Goyal had filed a petition in the high court seeking directions to the CBSE to upload the AIPMT answer key on its website and, following the court’s orders on May 2, the board complied on June 7.
The court was informed that though the petitioner had made representations to the CBSE as well as the HRD ministry, nothing had been done till date.