The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered the Central Board of Secondary Examination to award 196 marks to candidates who wrote this year’s National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test in Tamil, The Indian Express reported. The court directed the education board to revise the list of rank holders within two weeks.
The court passed the verdict after hearing a petition filed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP TK Rangarajan, who said 49 questions had been mistranslated, The News Minute reported. The students will receive the marks even if they did not attempt the incorrect questions.
“The court has asked for four grace marks to be given per mistranslated question which is 196 marks for 49 questions,” Rangarajan told the news website. “As I am an MP, members of the Students’ Federation of India and many others had approached me and so I decided to go to court.” He said it was up to the state government and the education board to decide if the admission process will be suspended.
The court’s decision will benefit around 24,000 students, NDTV reported. It will also have ramifications for students across the country as the rank list will be drastically altered.
During the hearing, the court told the education board that it was being autocratic about the errors. “How do you decide the right answers for the questions based on majority view?” asked Justices CT Selvam and AM Basheer Ahamed. “The CBSE is accepting even wrong answers under the pretext of majority decision. How is that in Bihar state so many students got through the examination?”
Nearly 13.3 lakh students took the test at 2,255 exam centres across 136 cities on May 6 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in colleges approved by the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India. The exam results were published in June and the counselling process has already begun.