The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) on pleas seeking fresh NEET-UG, 2024 exam amid allegations of paper leak but refused to stay the counselling process. NEET-UG results were declared on June 5.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta, which heard the matter, said that the sanctity of the exam seems to have affected amid allegations of inflation of marks leading to 67 candidates sharing first rank.

On Saturday, the NTA announced that the education ministry has set up a four-member panel to review the grace marks awarded to more than 1,500 candidates in the NEET-UG medical entrance exam.

The move comes amid allegations of inflation of marks leading to 67 candidates sharing first rank in the exam.

"The panel

headed by a former UPSC chairman will submit its recommendations within a week and the results of these candidates might be revised," NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh said at a press conference.

"The awarding of grace marks has not impacted the qualifying criteria of the exam and the review of results of the affected candidates will not impact the admission process," he added.

Several aspirants of the medical entrance exam NEET have alleged inflation of marks which led to a record 67 candidates bagging the top rank, including six from the same exam centre.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), however, denied any irregularities and said the changes made in the NCERT textbooks and grace marks for losing time at the examination centres were some of the reasons behind the students scoring higher marks.
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