Bombay HC issues notice in plea by NEET aspirant seeking manual evaluation of her OMR sheet after scoring 0 out of 720 marks in examination

    The Bombay High Court on Monday, issued notice in a plea filed by a National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirant seeking Court’s directions for manual evaluation of her OMR sheet after scoring zero  in the exam.

    Justice AS Chandurkar and Justice NB Suryawanshi of the Nagpur Bench of the High Court issued notice to the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA).

    Through Advocate Ashwin Deshpande, the student requested the Court to issue directions to the authorities to generate her NEET OMR sheet and to have it manually evaluated. Her argument arise from an apprehension that the faulty online testing mechanism of the OMR sheet has led to her scoring 0 marks out of 720.

    Referring to the Apex Court’s judgment in Ran Vijay Singh & ors v. State of Uttar Pradesh & ors, the High Court noted,

    “We are aware of the scope available for interference in matters of this nature. The law in this regard can be referred to as laid down in Ran Vijay Singh and others v. State of Uttar Pradesh and others (2018) 2 SCC 357 and especially paragraph 30 thereof. Prima facie, considering the very  fact that the petitioner has been awarded zero marks a reply from the respondents is called for.”

    According to the petitioner, she having scored 93.4% in the SSC Examination and 81.85% in the HSC examination was expecting a score of about 600-650 marks in NEET. It is her complaint that on account of some technical discrepancy it is likely that 0 marks have been awarded to her.

    Prior to the results of NEET, NTA uploaded the OMR sheet submitted by the students so that they are given a chance to make a representation on gradation of their OMR sheets. They were also given an opportunity to challenge the answer key in case of any uncertainty.

    This choice was given as there is no revaluation or re-checking system for the NEET exams.

    The petitioner contends that her OMR sheet wasn’t uploaded. Even though she sent a representation to the NTA, she did not receive a reply from them.

    The petitioner has thus urged the Court to direct the respondents to refrain from proceeding with the admission process till a decision is rendered in the current petition.

    Thus, notice has been issued for final disposal of the petition, returnable on October 26.