NEET aspirant claims her answer sheet was swapped, files plea in Madras HC – India Today

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A 19-year-old National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirant from Tamil Nady has filed a plea in the Madras High Court stating that her Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) answer sheet has been swapped. The case is coming up for hearing at 2.30 pm on Tuesday.

In her petition, the student said that the National Testing Agency (NTA) had published the results of the NEET 2022 on August 31 on its website and had also published the key answer to the questions. NTA also issued copies of the candidates’ OMR answer sheets.

The complainant stated, “To my utter shock and surprise, I found that the OMR sheet which was given to me was not the one filled by me during the examination. The examination has around 200 questions. I humbly submit that out of the 180 questions I have to answer, I answered around 167 questions. I left only 13 questions, but on the sheet that was given to me, 60 questions were left out.”

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She added, “I immediately mailed the issue in a detailed manner to the NTA authority on August 31. But, it was not delivered to them.”

Further, the student pleaded that she was expecting her marks to be 603, but was shocked when her score was only 132 according to the mark sheet uploaded by the NTA. Thus, the student has now filed this petition before the Madras HC.

“The OMR sheet has two portions; the left-hand side contains the personal details of the candidate and the right-hand side contains the marked answer sheet. The sheet is a perforated sheet and I understand that the right-hand side portion, which contains the marked answers, will be detached from the left-hand side portion which contains the personal details,” stated her petition.

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It further read, “The questions are answered by blackening the correct circle in the OMR sheet. On the left-hand side, I have blackened the circles to affirm certain details. It can be seen that all the blackening on the left-hand side is within the circle itself. However, on the right-hand side, the blackening within the circle is shabby and not confined within the circle.”

“I strongly suspect and advise to state that, mistakenly, inadvertently, somebody else’s marked answer sheet has been attached to my left-side portion of the OMR sheet. I humbly submit that the OMR sheet also contains a thumb impression of the candidate. If my left thumb impression is compared with the thumb impression on the OMR sheet, my allegations can be clearly ascertained,” concluded the petition.

The student has requested that the Madras HC probe this issue and also leave one seat vacant in any government college in the state so that the student can occupy it once the case is over and her claim is proved.

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