Supreme Court has stayed the Madras High Court order which had directed CBSE to award 196 grace marks to students who appeared for NEET exam in Tamil and release a fresh merit list. Students who had qualified in the NEET exam had been waiting for the Supreme Court decision on the matter with bated breath since after the Madras High Court order the 2nd phase of the All India Quota counselling as well as several state quota counselling processes had been halted.
“What will happen to the meritorious students? This is an all-India exam. And this is not some pass marks, but a bonus of 196 marks. These grace marks are given even without taking into consideration that students may have gone wrong in their answers even if the translations were accurate,” Justice Rao addressed senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, who led the charge against the appeal filed by the CBSE challenging the High Court order.
“We can understand inaccuracy but this is leading the students up the wrong path…” he observed orally. But he, however, said he did not quite agree with the “doling out” of grace marks. Justice Bobde said the grant of grace marks may also put the Tamil medium students more at advantage than the students from the State who had opted to answer their exam in English alone.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had on 10 July ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks – 4 marks each for 49 erroneously translated questions – in the Tamil version of this year’s NEET to the students who took the exam in the regional language.
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