The Allahabad High Court has given orders to the CBSE for revising marks of all NEET 2017 students in favour of a petition made by on e of the candidates.
12 August, 2017: The Allahabad High Court has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to revise marks allotted to all candidates for NEET 2017. Also, the court has asked the board to publish the merit list again with revised marks for all students.
This happened as a judgment to a petition made by Saumitra Gigodia, a candidate who appeared in the NEET 2017 Exam. In her words, she was "dismayed to see that the official answer to question no. 172 of test booklet Y was incorrect" following which she "submitted a representation against the OMR grading on payment of ₹ 1,000. "
When she got no response from the board and her RTI application remained pending, she filed the petition stating "praying for a writ of mandamus commanding the respondents to take a decision on the challenge made by the petitioner" and "to award 05 marks to the petitioner for question no. 172."
The Court’s Judgment
"We find that question no. 172 in test booklet code Y could not be answered correctly by any candidate. We are, therefore, of the opinion that in the larger interest of administration the benefit should be extended not only to the petitioner but to all the candidates."
"The petitioner is entitled to be awarded 05 marks (04 marks for the question and 01 mark for minus marking). We also direct the CBSE to give appropriate marks to all the candidates in the like manner for question no. 172 and corresponding question given in other booklets,"
The Division Bench added, "Even though the petitioner had not claimed refund of the prescribed fee for challenging a key answer, since we find that the challenge made by the petitioner was correct we are of the opinion that the petitioner is entitled to a refund of ₹ 1,000. We accordingly issue a mandamus commanding the CBSE to refund ₹ 1,000 to the petitioner at the earliest."