CHENNAI:There were gross mistakes in evaluation of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test answer papers this year, alleged about a dozen candidates who took the exam.
They said they found great variations in their scores when they cross-verified their answer sheets (Optical Marking Recognition sheets) with the answer key released by the Central Board of Secondary Education, which conducted the test.
“When the answer sheets were released, I compared my mark sheet with the answer key and counted over 500 marks. However, when the result came out the next day, I got only 140,” said RP Cherishma, a student who is writing NEET the third time. (Central Board of Secondary Education usually releases the answer keys for the students).
She wrote her Standard XII State Board exam two years ago and has been preparing for NEET since. She claimed that when she took NEET the first time after Plus Two, she scored 193.
“I wrote the exam with no preparation. So next year, I went for coaching classes and scored 160 last year. This year, however, when I checked the OMR sheet, I knew that I had done well,” she said.
Mahesh Kannan, a parent from Cuddalore, said his daughter had scored over 190 when she compared her sheet with the key. But, the result released by CBSE showed that she scored 94.
His daughter did not want her identity revealed as she plans to retake the exam next year. Career consultant D Nedunchezhian said at least 10 students across the State has reached out to him telling that their papers have been wrongly evaluated.
When a top NEET official was contacted for comments, he said there was no chance of an erroneous evaluation.