The Supreme Court has directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to consider providing the original answer sheets to candidates in response to a plea alleging discrepancies in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) sheets uploaded on their website.
The Bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi said that the petitioners can move the concerned High Court if the alleged discrepancies persist.
The NTA had released OMR sheets of the students who wrote the NEET exams on their website in the first week of October. Shortly after, several students came forward pointing out that there were discrepancies in their OMR sheets.
The SC judgement was following a petition moved by 19 NEET candidates protesting the Rs 1,000 fee charged for the re-assessment of each question.
The petitioners also demanded that the NEET results uploaded on October 16 be quashed and that NTA produce the original OMR sheets.
Originally scheduled for April and May this year, the NEET was finally conducted on September 13 after being postponed several times on account of the coronavirus outbreak.
NEET results are the basis for admission to undergraduate medical courses in institutions governed under the National Medical Commission Act, 2019. NEET 2020 results were declared on October 16. Out of the total candidates who appeared in NEET 2020, 56.44 per cent have qualified.