NEET: Retest for 1,563 candidates, Dharmendra Pradhan says no paper leak

AMID THE row over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Undergraduate) 2024 results, including allegations of a paper leak, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Thursday that there was no evidence of a paper leak.

Pradhan, who returned for a second innings as the head of the Ministry and took charge Thursday, made the remark even as the National Testing Agency (NTA)

announced that a NEET retest would be conducted for 1,563 candidates who were given ‘grace marks’ for ‘loss of time’ during the exams.

On Wednesday, The Indian Express had reported that a retest for these 1,563 candidates was among the options being considered by a four-member committee formed last week by the NTA.

Pradhan said: “This year, 24 lakh students took the NEET. Around 13 lakh students qualified. There are 4,500 exam centres for NEET, and there are centres in other countries as well. The exam happens in 13 languages.

There are two question sheets for NEET. On the day of the exam itself, it is informed whether question sheet A or B will be used.

This time, by mistake, in six centres out of 4,500 centres, a wrong set of questions was given.”

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