CBSE mulls challenging Madras High Court order on providing grace marks in NEET for Tamil medium students

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had on July 10 ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks--4 marks each for 49 erroneous questions--in the Tamil version of NEET.

Published: 12th July 2018 07:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 08:22 PM   |  A+A-

Candidates coming out from Arya Central School in Thiruvananthapuram after NEET. (File | B P Deepu /EPS)


NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is contemplating to move the Supreme Court against an order by the Madras High Court granting grace marks to those who wrote this year's NEET exam in Tamil, sources in the HRD Ministry said today.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had on July 10 ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks--4 marks each for 49 erroneous questions--in the Tamil version of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET).

The petitioner, senior CPI(M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP T K Rangarajan, had sought full marks for the 49 questions, saying key words in Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English which caused confusion among students.

There were 180 questions carrying 720 marks in total in the NEET.

"CBSE is contemplating to move the higher court, but a final call will be taken after holding consultations with various stakeholders and seeking legal opinion," a source in the ministry said.

Another source said senior officials from both CBSE and the ministry were holding consultations in the matter.

However, a senior health ministry official said they have not been approached by the CBSE and that the "body is free to decide on the future course of action".

The information bulletin of NEET exam had said that "candidates opting for regional languages would be provided bilingual test booklets in selected regional languages and in English.

In case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, its English version shall be treated as final".

Sources said the CBSE could highlight this aspect while challenging the high court order.

The NEET exam is conducted for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Health Ministry.

The CBSE conducted the NEET on May 6 in 136 cities in 11 languages, the results of which were announced on June 4.

In Tamil Nadu, about 1.07 lakh candidates took the test across 170 centres in 10 cities.

Passing the orders, the high court had directed CBSE to consequently revise the list of eligible candidates and publish it afresh.

The judges said the students who took the NEET for admission to medical and dental colleges in Tamil should be suitably compensated to provide a level-playing ground.

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  • Sukhwant Singh

    The Hon''ble Madras High Court in its decision dated 10.07.2018 has ordered that
    2 years ago reply
  • Rinku

    Madras high court seriously giving orders like fool they don't understand that there order wilk affect rest of 1300000 students and is tamil students can't read english as english is also given there and if they are unable to read english how would they do mbbs
    2 years ago reply
  • Dr mahajan. n. n

    It is wrong to add149 grace marks as English version question were there. Our Human Resources minister prakash javedekar should interfere and solve the problem soon. As delay will cause difficulties for NEET cleared students mind. Interimly allow the process to go on
    2 years ago reply
  • Sam

    Really surprise that communist leader where he was what he was doing when cbse clearly mentioned in their prospectus "if any ambiguity in translation English version is final " after seeing that condition he should file the case or immediately after exams should speed up the case and get judgement but simply pass the time now he is giving trouble we do not know what kind of politician he is simply he is doing cheap politics
    2 years ago reply
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