NEET 2020 Candidates accuse NTA of furnishing Tampered OMR Sheets; Case reaches Supreme Court

The NEET 2020 candidates who alleged discrepancies in NEET 2020 Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets in their petition filed with the Delhi High Court, have now accused the National Testing Agency (NTA) of providing them with tampered OMR sheets.

Edexlive reports that some of the photographs of the sheets also show parts of the OMR sheets torn and pasted with a cello-tape. While some of the students alleged that the OMR sheets handed over to them by the authorities were different from the ones that were uploaded on the NTA's website.

The NTA had shown the OMR sheets to these candidates after the Supreme Court had asked them to consider giving it if a representation was made.

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The Bench comprising of honourable Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Ajay Rastogi was hearing a petition filed by NEET candidates under Article 32 contending that the OMR sheets uploaded by the NTA do not tally with the actual answers given by them. They had also challenged an NTA circular that mandated an amount of Rs 1,000 to be charged per question for reassessment. This means that for 180 questions in the MBBS entrance test, it would require them to pay Rs 1.8 lakh for a reassessment.

In their petition, the candidates alleged that there was a huge apprehension of tampering with the answer sheets. Various discrepancies were noticed including tampering of roll number, booklet number, signatures, the difference in scores reflected from the expected score, blank OMR sheets, the difference in scores initially uploaded and the revised scores, the difference in the number of questions shown to be attempted as opposed to those actually attempted etc.

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Advocate Tanvi Dubey represnting the petitioners submitted that umpteen efforts were made to reach the NTA to no response.

She told that one petitioner, however, received a response on October 11 wherein it was indicated that the OMR sheet appeared fabricated.

It was contended that the process to challenge the responses in the OMR sheet, as per the October 5 notice, is unjust and manifestly arbitrary. The payment of Rs 1,000 per question accumulates to a huge sum, which is beyond the financial capacity of the petitioners and similarly placed students. For instance, the petitioners paid substantial amounts, including Rs. 91,000 by one petitioner, to challenge the OMR sheet.

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