Education Ministry Addresses NEET UG 2024 Controversies: Re-Exam on Hold for Now

The Ministry of Education held a press conference today to address the controversies surrounding the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Undergraduates (NEET UG) 2024. Allegations of paper leaks and irregularities have cast a shadow over the exam.

Maintaining Exam Integrity Claimed

K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary of Higher Education, assured the public that the exam was conducted with “strict integrity and fair procedure.” He emphasized that there was “no compromise” in administering the medical entrance exam.

Re-Exam Under Consideration

A key question on everyone’s mind was whether the NEET UG 2024 would be re-conducted. Mr. Murthy revealed the formation of a committee to analyze the alleged irregularities. He highlighted that only a small portion of the 23 lakh test-takers (approximately 1,600 from six centers) were affected. The final decision on a re-exam will be based on the committee’s findings, which will be shared by a Grievance Redressal Committee.

Limited Impact of Score Adjustments

Mr. Murthy further addressed the concerns about score adjustments. He pointed out that “only one question was challenged this year, which is the least in the history of NEET exams.” Notably, “revised marks of many students remained in the negative even after compensation,” indicating the limited impact of adjustments on the overall results.

Background of the Controversy

The NEET UG 2024 results, declared on June 4th, have been embroiled in controversy. Allegations of paper leaks and the unprecedented number of students securing the top rank (around 67) have raised concerns about fairness.

Focus on Transparency

The Ministry of Education’s press conference aimed to provide some clarity on the situation. While a re-exam isn’t confirmed yet, the formation of a committee and the Grievance Redressal process indicate a focus on transparency and addressing student concerns.

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