Allahabad HC on Thursday directed the CBSE to revise marks of all the candidates who appeared for the NEET 2017 exam and decide the merit rankings accordingly.
The order was passed by a division bench comprising Justice Tarun Agarwala and Justice Ashok Kumar as they allowed a writ petition filed by Saumitra Gigodia. Saumitra had scored 665 marks out of 720 in the NEET 2017 exam and secured an AIR 137.
The official answer to the question number 172 of test booklet Y was wrong for which Saumitra also submitted a representation against OMR but got no response from the CBSE. Then the candidate filed an RTI which is still pending. Upon getting no response from the RTI Saumitra filed a petition against the question.
Allowing the petition, the court, however, remarked, “We find that question no. 172 in test booklet code Y could not be answered correctly by any candidate. We are, therefore, of the opinion that in the larger interest of administration the benefit should be extended not only to the petitioner but to all the candidates”.
“The petitioner is entitled to be awarded 5 marks (04 marks for the question and 01 marks for minus marking). We also direct the CBSE to give appropriate marks to all the candidates in the like manner for question no. 172 and the corresponding question is given in other booklets,” the court added.
“Even though the petitioner had not claimed the refund of the prescribed fee for challenging a key answer since we find that the challenge made by the petitioner was correct we are of the opinion that the petitioner is entitled to a refund of Rs 1,000. We accordingly issue a mandamus commanding the CBSE to refund Rs 1,000 to the petitioner at the earliest,” the court ruled.