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NEET 2024 Controversy: Postponements, Legal Actions, and Investigations Unfold

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET PG) Examination, originally scheduled for today, June 23, has been postponed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The new date will be announced soon.

Additionally, the Ministry of Education has transferred the investigation of “irregularities” in the NEET Undergraduate (UG) Examination 2024 to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a comprehensive probe.

Latest Developments

Affected Examinations

  • NEET-PG 2024: The exam, initially set for today, has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
  • CSIR-UGC-NET 2024: Scheduled for June 25 and 27, this exam has been postponed by the NTA due to “unavoidable circumstances” and “logistic issues.” The new date has not yet been announced.
  • NET-UGC 2024: This exam, held on June 18, was cancelled due to reports of compromised exam integrity. A new date will be announced soon.
  • NEET-UG 2024: Controversy erupted over grace marks awarded to students to compensate for lost time at six centers during the NEET-UG 2024 exam. The Centre later informed the Supreme Court that these grace marks would be withdrawn, offering 1,563 affected students the option of a retest, scheduled to be held today across seven centers.

Background of the NEET-UG Row

  • Student Protests: For weeks, thousands of students across India have been protesting, demanding justice over allegations of paper leaks, inflated scores, and arbitrary grace marks.
  • Exam Details: The NEET-UG exam took place on May 5 at 4,750 centers, with approximately 24 lakh candidates.
  • Suspicious Results: The results were expected on June 14 but were announced earlier on June 4. An unprecedented 67 students scored a perfect 720, including six from a single center in Faridabad, Haryana, raising suspicions of irregularities.

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