The Madurai bench of Madras High Court has ordered the CBSE, the official examination conducting body of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 Exam, to award 196 grace marks to the students who had attempted NEET 2018 in the Tamil language since 49 questions in the Tamil question paper had been mistranslated. The court has asked for 4 grace marks to be given per mistranslated question which is 196 marks for 49 questions. The court has also ordered CBSE to release a revised rank list based on this order within two weeks.
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The HC has taken this action based on a petition filed by TK Rangarajan, a CPI (M) Rajya Sabha MP. He claimed that nearly one-third of the question paper was translated wrongly in Tamil and had sought the court to direct the admissions to be held either based solely on the Class XII marks of the students or award 196 grace marks to students who had attempted the exam in Tamil. The MP added that it is now up to the TN government and CBSE to decide whether the admission process will be suspended and the counselling will be held once again.
NEET 2018 Exam was held across India on May 6, 2018. The rank list for medical counselling in Tamil Nadu was released by the TN department of health and family welfare on June 28, 2018. The first round of counselling for admissions to TN medical colleges began on July 1, 2018 an ended on July 7, 2018. Around 24000 students took the NEET 2018 exam in the Tamil language. The cut-off under NEET 2018 for unreserved category this year is 119 and for OBC, SC and ST stood at 96 out of the total 720 marks.