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Low Turnout at NEET-UG 2024 Retest Raises Concerns over Grace Mark Controversy



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The National Testing Agency (NTA) reported a low turnout at the NEET-UG 2024 retest, sparking concerns over the grace mark controversy. Out of 1,563 candidates eligible for the retest, only 813 appeared as per the NTA’s statement. The retest was conducted at seven centers following an order from the Supreme Court.

One of the exam centers in Chandigarh, fully equipped with necessary arrangements, had to close its gates after two students scheduled for the NEET-UG retest failed to show up. This unexpected turnout has raised questions about the effectiveness of the grace mark allocation and the transparency of the examination process.

The NEET-UG examination, a critical pathway for admissions to medical courses including MBBS, BDS, and AYUSH programs, witnessed unprecedented controversies this year. An alarmingly high number of students scored a perfect 720, leading to concerns regarding potential irregularities.

Specifically, six students from a center in Faridabad, Haryana, have come under scrutiny for their exceptional scores. The controversy further escalated due to the grace marks awarded to compensate for time loss at certain exam centers.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been roped in to probe the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG exam. Following a reference from the Union education ministry, the CBI dispatched special teams to locations in Godhra, Gujarat, and Patna.

The TOI News Desk, known for its diligent journalistic efforts, continues to follow the evolving story of the NEET-UG 2024 examination. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing scenario.

Rachel Adams

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