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NEET Scandal: NTA Reply on NEET 2024 Scam

NEET Scandal

The National Testing Agency conducted the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG 2024) on May 5 and the final results along with the topper list were released on May 7 this Year. From the commencement of the exam to the announcement of the result sparked Various controversies. Recently the Neet result sparked new allegations due to 67 students getting ranked one, eight of them were from the same center, and the grace marks awarded by NTA resulted in students receiving 718, 719 marks. Addressing the NEET Exam 2024 as a Scam, Several medical aspirants turned to social media to demand that the NEET exam held on May 5 be cancelled and replaced with a new exam. Read the full vlog to know about what NTA’s Reply on this NEET Scandal.

NEET 2024 Scandal

Medical students and the general public throughout the country have expressed their displeasure with the ongoing issue surrounding the NEET UG 2024 results, which were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on June 4.

NTA clarified the concerns expressed by candidates who took the NEET-UG 2024 exam. The agency stated that an easier exam, an increase in registrations, a question with two valid answers, and grace marks due to a loss of examination time are some of the variables that can be attributed to students receiving higher grades in the exam. However, calling the announcement of the NEET UG 2024 result a neet 2024 scandal, dissatisfied students and the general public have demanded that the exam be cancelled.

NEET Scam 2024- Allegations by Students

The NEET (UG) – 2024 was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on 05 May from 02:00 to 05:20 P.M. (IST) at 4750 Centres in 571 cities (including 14 cities abroad) for more than 24 lakhs candidates. On exam day, despite multiple social media posts reporting paper leaks in Patna, the NTA stated that there was only one occurrence at an exam center in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

Again, NEET 2024 results have aroused controversy, with allegations of cheating, questions over grace marks for time loss, and suspicions of question paper leaks, all of which call into doubt the exam’s credibility. Despite the NTA’s denial of leaks, the involvement of a consultancy and students paying to pass the exam has sparked worry.

Students with scores higher than 650 are concerned that their exceptional results would not be sufficient for admission to government medical colleges, raising concerns among parents who dispute the NTA’s handling of the issue.

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NEET Results will be Revised for 1,600 Students if needed

Over Amid demanding of the cancellation of the NEET UG 2024, Subodh Kumar Singh, director general of the National Testing Agency (NTA), announced the formation of an expert group to investigate the grace marks awarded by the NTA in NEET results 2024.”If necessary, the results for 1,600 candidates will be revised based on the committee’s recommendations,” the NTA chairman told reporters.

NEET Results 2024 Scam

The NEET UG 2024 exam was held on May 5 for nearly 24 lakh students at 4,750 different centers across 571 cities. During a press conference to address issues in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET UG 2024), the NTA head stated that approximately 1,600 NEET candidates were affected, but the “integrity of the exam was not compromised”.

NTA Reply on NEET 2024 SCAM Alligations

After the announcement of the NEET results, Social media has flooded with the NEET Scam allegations over several issues. The NEET 2024 results led to criticism due to 67 candidates attaining rank one in the NEET Topper list, eight of whom were from the same centre, the grace marks offered by NTA, which resulted in students receiving 718, 719 marks for time loss, and allegations of question paper leaks. Given the uncertainties, the NTA’s transparency and clarity are critical to restoring faith in the NEET exam’s fairness, the NTA Senior Director, Dr. Sadhana Parashar has detailed a lengthy official clarification that addresses all of the issues.

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NTA Has Issued a Clarification on NEET UG 2024 Results.

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NTA Clarification on NEET Exam Scandal 2024

The NTA has extensively investigated the many accusations and concerns about the NEET 2024 results. In a detailed official statement, the agency acknowledged receiving many complaints and legal proceedings from candidates who reported a loss of exam time on May 5, 2024. In view of recent issues expressed by applicants, it has been deemed essential to make the following clarifications:

Cut-off of NEET (UG) 2024

The cutoff scores are determined based on the overall performance of candidates each year. The increase in cutoff reflects the competitive nature of the examination and the higher performance standards achieved by the candidates this year. NEET Cut-offs and average marks of qualified candidates (out of 720) vary each year, as illustrated below:

Year of Exam Average Marks out of 720 of qualified candidates
Minimum score to qualify in UR Category
2020 297.18 147
2021 286.13 138
2022 259 117
2023 279.41 137
2024 323.55 164

Compensatory marks for loss of time

Few Writ Petitions were filed by the candidates of NEET (UG) 2024 before the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana, Delhi, and Chhattisgarh, raising concerns of loss of exam time during the conduct of NEET (UG) 2024 on 05.05.2024, at few Exam Centres.

The concerns raised by the candidates, through the Writ Petitions and representations submitted to NTA required careful consideration for redressal. Therefore, a Grievance Redressal Committee consisting of eminent experts from the field of examination and academia, was constituted to look into such grievances/representations and to submit its recommendations.

The Committee considered the grievances/representations on the basis of factual reports of the functionaries and CCTV footages from concerned exam Centres. The loss of examination time was ascertained and such candidates were compensated with marks based on their answering efficiency and time lost, as per the mechanism/ formula established by the Hon’ble Apex Court, vide its judgment dated 13.06.2018 in W.P. 551 of 2018. 1563 candidates were compensated for the loss of time and the revised marks of such candidates vary from -20 to 720 marks. Amongst these, the score of two candidates also happens to be 718 and 719 marks respectively due to compensatory marks.

On the analysis of the CCTV footage, it was ascertained that the integrity of the examination was not compromised at these Centres.

Toppers in NEET (UG) 2024

The number of candidates who appeared in 2023 was 20,38,596, while the number of candidates who appeared in 2024 increased to 23,33,297. The increase in candidates naturally led to an increase in high scorers due to a larger pool of candidates.

NTA received 13,373 challenges to the provisional answer key of one question in Physics. Due to the differences in the old and new editions of the NCERT textbook, the Subject Expert(s) held that two options be taken as correct in place of one option for this Question.

Out of the 67 candidates who got 720/720 marks, 44 are on account of the revision in one Answer Key of Physics and 06 are on account of compensatory marks for loss of time.

It is pertinent to mention that the toppers are from across the country, as highlighted in the Press Release dated 04.06.2024.

Declaration of Results and Transparency in the Examination Process

As per practice, the result of NTA Examinations including NEET (UG) is declared at the earliest on the completion of the necessary checks in the result processing post the Answer Key challenge period. NTA managed to declare the Results of about 23 lakh candidates within 30 days. The Result of JEE (Main) 2024 Session-1 was declared in 11 days and of Session-2 (combined with Session – 1) was declared in 15 days. The Result of NEET (UG) 2024 has been processed as per the established procedure.

NTA has a set procedure of transparency adopted across all its examinations. Necessary information is shared with the candidates through Advance City Intimation, Admit Card, Advisories for examination, display of scanned copies of OMRs and recorded responses to the candidates, inviting objections to Provisional Answer Keys, publishing Final Answer Keys on the Official website and sending scanned OMR Answer Sheets and Score Card through emails.

Further, relevant statistics are shared with the candidates and public through regular briefings/press releases. The same has been adopted for NEET (UG) 2024.

Regarding Unfair Means cases

Action taken in UFM cases is in accordance with existing rules, including the cancellation of candidature and debarment from future examinations of NTA.

NTA has registered cases against impersonators and some cases have been registered by the State Police. NTA has been extending support, wherever required, to the agencies in investigating cases pertaining to NEET (UG) 2024.

While the outcome of the investigation in aforesaid cases is awaited, NTA has categorically denied any case of paper leak. NTA also issued a detailed Press Release on 06 May 2024 stating that there has not been any paper leak as was being circulated on social media. The same stand has been reiterated and NTA maintains that the integrity of the examination was not compromised.

NTA Director 2024

The current director of the National Testing Agency (NTA) in 2024 is Vineet Joshi. He has been serving in this role, overseeing the administration of various national entrance exams including NEET and JEE

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