CBSE NEET 2018: SC to decide on grant of 196 grace marks

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has moved the Supreme Court against the order of the Madras High Court granting grace marks to those who wrote this year’s NEET exam in Tamil.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had on July 10, while hearing the petitioner of senior CPI (M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP T K Rangarajan on the issue, ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks saying that the key words in Tamil questions for the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) were wrongly translated from English causing confusion among the students.

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There were 180 questions carrying 720 marks in total in the NEET.

The main thrust of the appeal in apex court is likely to be the information bulletin of NEET exam that had said: “Candidates opting for regional languages would be provided bilingual test booklets in selected regional languages and in English. In case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, its English version shall be treated as final.”

The NEET exam is conducted for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Health Ministry.

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.