NEET 2018: Supreme Court Put Stay on Madras HC Order to Award Grace Marks to NEET Students

Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024

The Supreme Court has put a stay on Madras HC order of awarding 196 grace marks to students who took NEET 2018 exam in the Tamil language.

20th July 2018: The Supreme Court has put a stay on the Madurai bench of Madras High Court orders on awarding 196 grace marks to students who have appeared for the NEET 2018 examination in the Tamil language on account of erroneous questions. There were errors in translation of 49 questions in the NEET question paper in the Tamil language.

A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao stayed the order and issued a notice on the plea of the CBSE challenging the Madras HC order. The bench has posted the hearing on the matter after two weeks. Until then, it has asked the concerned parties to come up with a solution for the situation. “We cannot dole out marks in this fashion,” said the bench. The bench has also observed that if the Madras HC decision is followed, then students who took the NEET exam in the Tamil language will be in an advantageous position.

Awarding 196 marks to such students will mean that those who have secured zero marks initially in the medical entrance test will not qualify the exam. Also, a new merit list will result in uncertainty of those government medical seats which have already been allotted through the first round of counselling.

Students who have qualified the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision as, after the Madras High Court order, the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) has halted the 2nd round of the All India Quota counselling. Consequently, several states have also halted the 2nd round of state-level NEET counselling. Now, such candidates have to wait for two more weeks till the final decision is announced.

A petition was filed in the Madras High Court regarding errors in the Tamil language NEET question paper. There were errors in the translation of several words in 49 questions in the regional language. In response to the petition, Madras HC had ordered CBSE to award 196 marks to such candidates and release a revised merit list.

CBSE has then challenged the SC decision on the basis that as per the official NEET 2018 notification, in case of any discrepancies in the regional language question paper, the English version of the question will be considered final.

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