The Allahabad high court is said to have directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to award five marks to a petitioner for not providing the correct answer for question number 172 in the test booklet code ‘Y’ of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.
Holding CBSE for the mistake, the high court told the board to revise the marks given to all the candidates and their merit/rank. NEET is an entrance test for admission into medical and dental colleges across the country.
The high court bench, comprising Justice Tarun Agarwala and Justice Ashok Kumar, passed the order after a petition was filed by the petitioner Saumitra Gigodia.
Saumitra contented that he appeared in NEET-2017 and opted for the disputed question number 172. When CBSE released the answer key, CBSE experts selected the wrong option as the answer to the question.
Therefore, Saumitra pleaded in the court “that he should be given four marks for the right answer and one mark be deducted from his total marks for giving a wrong answer.” The court then held that Saumitra’s claim was genuine and allowed his petition.