NEET-UG Results: Dharmendra Pradhan Addresses Paper Leak Allegations, Says No Evidence Found

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Pune, 13th June 2024: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has dismissed allegations of a paper leak in the NEET-UG 2024 exam, stating that no evidence supports the claims. The National Testing Agency (NTA) informed the Supreme Court that 1,563 students’ grace marks are being canceled, offering them a choice to retake the exam or proceed with counseling without the grace marks. The Supreme Court is currently overseeing the matter to ensure fairness for all students.

The controversy over NEET-UG results continues to escalate. On Thursday, Pradhan emphasized the credibility of the NTA, refuting corruption allegations. “There is no evidence of a paper leak in NEET-UG. Allegations of corruption in the NTA are baseless; it is a very credible institution,” he told reporters. Pradhan assured that the Supreme Court’s decision will be followed, ensuring no student faces a disadvantage.

The Center informed the Supreme Court that the decision to grant grace marks to 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates has been revoked. These students now have the option to retake the exam on June 23 or proceed with their original scores, excluding the grace marks. This move aims to address the dissatisfaction among students caused by the grace marks issue.

The NTA has scheduled the re-exam for June 23, with results expected before June 30. Despite the ongoing legal proceedings, the Supreme Court has refused to halt the counseling process. It has ordered the NTA to submit its response within two weeks and scheduled a consolidated hearing of all related matters on July 8.

Petitioner and Physics Wallah CEO Alakh Pandey commented on the Supreme Court hearing, stating, “Today, the NTA acknowledged before the Supreme Court that the grace marks given to students were incorrect. They agreed this caused dissatisfaction and would remove the grace marks. The 1,563 students who received grace marks will retake the exam on June 23 or accept their original scores without grace marks.”

This resolution aims to maintain the integrity of the NEET-UG examination process while addressing the concerns of the affected students.