The petition was heard by a division bench comprising Justices CT Selvam and AM Basheer Ahmed. The bench further directed the CBSE to release a revised rank list of the NEET aspirants within a period of two weeks and until then, status quo on the rank list and medical counselling be maintained.
The issue came up after TK Rangarajan, Rajya Sabha Member, CPI-M, filed a PIL seeking additional marks for the 49 questions that were translated with errors in the Tamil version of question papers.
The petitioner said there were a total 180 questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the NEET paper, which was conducted on May 6, for admission to medical courses in 2018-19 academic year.
However, errors were identified in 10 questions of Physics, six questions of Chemistry and 33 questions of Biology. Citing the mistakes, petitions were forwarded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CBSE and Chief Minister’s Special Cell seeking four marks be awarded for each of the erroneous questions.
The petitions also claimed that in case grace marks could not be granted to the Tamil medium students, Plus Two results be considered for admission to medical colleges. Stressing this, the petition seeking interim stay on NEET results was filed. However, the answer key of the NEET was released on May 24.
Also, referring to the CBSE’s submission that the decision on most appropriate answer was taken by experts and marks were awarded based on that, the bench wondered whether the board entrusted with the conduct of such a national-level examination could be so uncertain about the answers for the questions raised by it.
Such an exercise, giving marks for the most appropriate answer, might be acceptable for civil service examination. But to do it in respect of NEET should not have been thought of. The level of difficulty should not be raised to such a level for the teenagers, the bench said in its order.
The CBSE conducted the NEET on May 6 in 136 cities in 11 languages, the results of which were announced on June 4. In Tamil Nadu, about 1.07 lakh candidates took the test across 170 centres in 10 cities.