Madras High Court orders probe in NEET OMR sheet valuation

The Madras High Court has raised concerns as to whether manipulation of OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet is a possibility in NEET exams.

It has directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to hold a probe and submit a report based on a complaint from a student about two OMR Sheets containing his name being uploaded on the website and that the marks were completely in variance.

Justice N Anand Venkatesh before whom the plea moved by a student from Coimbatore came up, wherein from October 5 to 16 the marks obtained stood at 594 and was reduced to 248, said, “If manipulations are possible, with everything happening online, the OMR Sheet of a bright student can always be swapped with that of a mediocre student and none can find out the truth.”

He pointed out this is only a fear expressed by the court and that it is never proven right.

The judge aded, “Even if there is a remote chance of manipulating the OMR sheet, that is a clear harbinger of the malady it can cause to the selection process. This court is taking this issue very seriously since these candidates are future doctors.”