SC quashes Madras HC order The Supreme Court of India invalidates the Madras High Court directive to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to grant 196 grace marks to students who attempt NEET 2018 in Tamil language. While setting aside the judgment of the Madurai bench Madras High Court, the apex court said the former’s method “is manifestly arbitrary and unjustified and cannot be sustained.”
A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said, “Because of a mistake in translation which could have been detected and avoided by the students, we find it unjust that all the students across the board who took the examination in Tamil have been awarded four marks for all the 49 questions without any reference to the answer of those questions.” For these reasons, we set aside the impugned judgment of the High Court of Madras dated July 10, 2018″.
The SC verdict further observed that, “The list of students who opted to give the NEET-UG, 2018 Examination in Tamil after the addition of 196 marks is startling. For instance, a student who got 260 marks has been awarded a total of 456 marks. A student with 137 marks becomes entitled to 333 marks and the student who got 92 marks becomes entitled to 288 marks. Even students who have 21 marks been entitled to 217 marks.
The bench further said that the High Court has made no attempt to see whether the students have in fact attempted answers to the questions, which were claimed to be imperfectly translated and has proceeded to award the full marks for 49 questions to all candidates who had opted to write the examination in Tamil.
A bout 24,000 students wrote NEET 2018 in Tamil medium and the cut off this year was 119 for students from the general category, and 96 for SC, ST and OBC students. With the grace marks added, many Tamil medium students had become eligible for government institutes.
Days after the Madras HC verdict, the apex court had stayed the order and issued notice on a plea of the CBSE challenging the high court direction
The court has also directed that from the year 2019-20 onwards the NEET-UG Examination will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the bilingual examination will be conducted after the question paper is translated.
NEET 2019 under the supervision of NTA is already underway and the last date for registration is November 30, 2018.
NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the national level entrance examination for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses, was conducted by CBSE in 2018