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PhysicsWallah Founder Seeks Supreme Court Probe into NEET-UG 2024 Grace Marks Discrepancies

Alakh Pandey, the founder of the competitive exam preparation startup PhysicsWallah, has urged the Supreme Court to look into alleged discrepancies in the NEET-UG 2024 medical entrance examination.

Pandey has filed a public interest litigation, requesting the court to appoint an independent committee to investigate after the National Testing Agency (NTA) awarded grace marks to over 1,500 candidates.

In a statement, Pandey emphasized the need for a thorough investigation to uncover any irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 process and results. He also called for a re-examination and expressed confidence in the judicial system to ensure fairness for affected students.

Pandey’s petition criticizes the NTA’s decision to award grace marks as “arbitrary.” Representations from about 20,000 students indicate that around 70 to 80 grace marks were randomly given to at least 1,500 candidates, according to his lawyer.

This issue arose alongside another petition from a NEET candidate challenging the grace marks awarded to compensate for alleged lost time during the exams. The petition argued that the “normalization formula” for awarding grace marks should only apply to the number of questions potentially left unanswered due to the lost time.

In response, the NTA and the Education Ministry announced the formation of a four-member committee on June 8 to review the results of the over 1,500 candidates who received grace marks to compensate for the “loss of time” during this year’s NEET exam.

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