Award 196 marks to students for errors in Tamil version of NEET paper: Madras HC orders CBSE

The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered CBSE to award 196 marks to students who took Tamil version of NEET 2018 examination for medical admissions as 49 questions were wrongly translated. The verdict by Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court brings huge relief to National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirants in Tamil Nadu.

The High Court has also asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to release new rank list in two weeks.CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking award of full marks for 49 ‘erroneous’ questions in the Tamil version of the NEET.

On July 6, a bench of justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed had came down heavily on the CBSE observing that it was being autocratic in the matter related to errors in the Tamil version of this year’s NEET.

It said that despite knowing that a PIL on the matter was filed and it was due for hearing, the CBSE had released the results.”Why did they do so?”, the court asked.

Referring to the CBSE’s submission, the bench said, “How do you decide the right answers for the questions based on majority view? CBSE is accepting even wrong answers under the pretext of majority decision. How is that in Bihar state so many students got through the examination?” it asked.

The petitioner had submitted that key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion for the students.

In the previous hearing, the court had asked the CBSE to file an affidavit stating among others on whether any exercise was undertaken to ascertain which of the English words in the syllabi for science subjects were incapable of being reproduced in an equivalent word in Tamil.

The judges had also criticised the CBSE saying that the mistakes in the question paper were not mere ambiguity.

(With PTI inputs) 

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