NEET-UG 2024-25 Counselling to Start From July 3rd Week, Beneficiaries of Malpractices will be Barred- Centre Files Affidavit in Supreme Court 

The Centre has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the counselling process for NEET-UG 2024-25 admissions will commence in the third week of July. This comes amidst ongoing legal battles and allegations of irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 examination.

In its affidavit, the Centre has also assured the court that any candidates found to have benefited from malpractices will be barred from the counselling process. This is in response to concerns raised by the Supreme Court regarding the identification of beneficiaries of the alleged question paper leak.

The Centre has defended its decision not to cancel the NEET-UG 2024 exam, citing the lack of substantial evidence of widespread misconduct. 

In a detailed report presented to the Supreme Court, the Central Government shared findings from IIT Madras on the NEET UG 2024 examination. The report, dated July 10, 2024, analyzed data from the past two years and found no evidence of mass malpractice or localized favoritism. Key points included:

– Marks distribution followed a normal bell curve, indicating no abnormalities.

– Analysis of the top 1.4 lakh ranks showed no signs of malpractice or undue benefits to specific centers or cities.

– An overall increase in scores, attributed to a 25% syllabus reduction, was observed across various locations, reducing the likelihood of malpractice.

Additionally, the Central Government rejected allegations of a NEET paper leak via a telegram video, presenting evidence that the video was edited. Key points included:

– The video had an edited timestamp, suggesting manipulation.

– Social media discussions confirmed the images were edited to falsely indicate an early leak.

– A third-party YouTube video demonstrated how dates on digital images could be manipulated.

– Screenshots proving the message and timestamp edits were annexed as evidence.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), responsible for conducting NEET-UG, has also filed a separate affidavit opposing the cancellation of the exam. The NTA argues that such a move would be “hugely counterproductive” and significantly harm the career prospects of qualified candidates.

The Supreme Court is currently assessing the nature and extent of the alleged leaks before deciding on the course of action. 

The Supreme Court is scheduled to continue hearing the multiple petitions related to the NEET-UG 2024 exam tomorrow.

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