NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday approached the Supreme Court against a Madras High Court judgment directing it to grant 196 marks to students who attempted the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) in Tamil.Express had reported on July 12 that the education board would be filing a petition in the apex court. This move comes ahead of a deadline given by the court to CBSE to revise the rank list based on the changed scores.
The Madurai Bench of the High Court had ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks - four marks each for 49 questions with translation errors - to students who had taken the Tamil version of this year’s NEET.
The decision would have affected 24,000 students and would have had a bearings on seat allotment as well.
The NEET bulletin states that candidates opting for regional languages will be given a bi-lingual question paper and, in case of any ambiguity in translation, the English version will be treated as final.
Passing the orders on a public interest litigation filed by CPM MP TK Rangarajan, the HC directed the CBSE to consequently revise the list of eligible candidates and publish it afresh. There were 180 questions with a total mark of 720 in the NEET.