It seems the row over the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2 will never come to an end. 10 days after the entrance examination was conducted, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking re-examination over an alleged paper leak reported on July 24. As per the statement released by the Board, a total of 4,75,785 candidates registered for the exam.
The Central Board of Secondary Education conducted the NEET Phase 2 paper on Sunday, July 24 at various centres across the nation. Even after carrying out the NEET Phase II exam amidst tight security, the police arrested five people from Ramnagar and Haldwani in Uttarakhand on account of the paper having leaked. The report of paper leakage came in one night before the examination i.e. on Saturday.
The petition has been filed by a NEET aspirant who said the primary investigations carried out by the Uttarakhand police points out that five persons (one from Delhi and four from Bihar) belonging to an inter-state racket were arrested on July 23, a day before the entrance exam. The persons carried questions papers, cash, and post dated cheques of lakhs of rupees and some other documents.
A day after reports said the NEET-II question paper for admission to medical and dental courses had been ‘leaked’ in Uttarakhand, the CBSE said on Monday that the leaked paper was different from the actual question paper. The seized material was entirely different from the original question paper of NEET-II. This was an attempt made by some unscrupulous elements to cheat the candidates on false promises.
AIPMT Re-test 2015
Last year, on the basis of the allegations filed regarding leakage of the paper in Haryana, the apex court ordered the Board to reconduct AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Entrance Test) 2015. Even then the CBSE was in denial mode but on the basis of investigation report by police, the Court directed re-examination of AIPMT 2015 within a period of four weeks.
Now if in case the petitions filed by the aspirants are accepted by the Court, will again the re-examination be conducted? Both court and CBSE has yet to issue a statement on the topic. As per preliminary reports received from across the country, more than 90 per cent candidates were present in the examination. Will the re-test be conducted at one centre where it was leaked or maybe there is something more to the depths of NEET paper leak news. We’ll find out soon but for now, Court’s decision is awaited.