NTA clarifies on NEET-UG 2024 Result

New Delhi: Increase in candidates led to increase in high scorers due to larger pool of candidates: NTA

BY | Friday, 7 June, 2024

Amid the controversy surrounding the NEET-UG 2024 Result, National Testing Agency (NTA) has issued clarifications on the queries raised by candidates. Over 24 lakh candidates appeared the exam which was conducted on 5th May 2024 and the results were declared on 4th June 2024.

On the cut-off of NEET-UG 2024, NTA has said that the cutoff scores are determined based on the overall performance of candidates each year. Cut-offs and average marks of qualified candidates (out of 720) vary each year, as illustrated below:

Regarding the compensatory marks for loss of time, NTA has said that some candidates had filed Writ Petitions before the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, Delhi, and Chhattisgarh, raising concerns of loss of exam time during the conduct of NEET-UG 2024 on 05.05.2024, at few Exam Centres. The Agency then constituted a Grievance Redressal Committee consisting of eminent experts from the field of examination and academia to look into such grievances/representations and to submit its recommendations.

The Committee considered the grievances/representations on the basis of factual reports of the

functionaries and CCTV footages from concerned exam Centres. The loss of examination time

was ascertained and such candidates were compensated with marks based on their answering efficiency and time lost, as per the mechanism/ formula established by the Hon’ble Apex Court, vide its judgment dated 13.06.2018 in W.P. 551 of 2018. 1563 candidates were compensated for the loss of time and the revised marks of such candidates vary from -20 to 720 marks. Amongst these, the score of two candidates also happens to be 718 and 719 marks respectively due to compensatory marks.

On the analysis of the CCTV footage, it was ascertained that the integrity of the examination

was not compromised at these Centres, it maintained.

On toppers in NEET-UG 2024, NTA stated that the number of candidates increased from 20,38,596 in 2023 to 23,33,297 in 2024. The increase in candidates naturally led to an increase in high scorers due to a larger pool of candidates.

NTA received 13,373 challenges to the provisional answer key of one question in Physics. Due to the differences in the old and new editions of the NCERT textbook, the Subject Expert(s) held that two options be taken as correct in place of one option for this Question.

Out of the 67 candidates who got 720/720 marks, 44 are on account of the revision in one Answer Key of Physics and 06 are on account of compensatory marks for loss of time. It is pertiment to mention that the toppers are from across the country, the Agency reiterated.

On declaration of results on 4th June 2024, NTA clarified that as per practice, the result of NTA Examinations including NEET-UG is declared at the earliest on the completion of the necessary checks in the result processing post the Answee Key challenge period.

The Result of NEET-UG 2024 has been processed as per the established procedure, it asserted.

NTA has a set procedure of transparency adopted across all its examinations, it said, adding that necessary information is shared with the candidates through Advance City Intimation, Admit Card, Advisories for examination, display of scanned copies of OMRs and recorded responses to the candidates, inviting objections to Provisional Answer Keys, publishing Final Answer Keys on the Official website and sending scanned OMR Answer Sheets and Score Card through emails. Further, relevant statistics are shared with the candidates and public through regular briefings/press releases. The same has been adopted for NEET-UG 2024.

The Agency also said that action taken in Unfair Means (UFM) cases in accordance with existing rules, including the cancellation of candidature and debarment from future examinations of NTA.

It informed that cases have been registered against impersonators and some cases have been registered by the State Police and has been extending support, wherever required, to the agencies in investigating cases pertaining to NEET-UG 2024.

While stating that the outcome of the investigation in aforesaid cases is awaited, NTA has denied any case of paper leak alleged on social media. The integrity of the examination was not compromised, it reiterated.

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