CBSE moves SC in NEET marks row

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday moved the Supreme Court against a Madras High Court judgment directing it to grant grace marks to students who wrote the NEET exam in Tamil.

The Madurai Bench of the High Court had ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks — four marks each for 49 erroneous questions — in the Tamil version of this year’s NEET. Passing the orders on a public interest litigation petition, the High Court directed the CBSE to consequently revise the list of eligible candidates and publish it afresh.

Sources said the main thrust of the appeal would be the fact that an information bulletin of the NEET had said that in case of any ambiguity in the bilingual texts, the English version would be treated as final. The bulletin had clarified that “candidates opting for regional languages would be provided bilingual test booklets in selected regional languages and in English. In case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, its English version shall be treated as final.”

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