If the complaint is found to be correct, NTA will conduct re-exam for CUET-UG candidates

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“The challenges made by the candidates will be verified by a panel of subject experts. The result will be declared based on the revised final answer key,” the official said. Photo: Shutterstock

The National Testing Agency will conduct a re-examination for CUET-UG aspirants from July 15 to 19 if any complaint raised by the candidates regarding the conduct of the exam is found to be true, officials said on Sunday.

The NTA has also declared the answer key for the undergraduate entrance exam, clearing the way for declaration of the result, though it will be delayed.

“Candidates can submit their challenges on the answer key till July 9 at 6 pm,” a senior NTA official said.

“The NTA is also addressing public grievances received till June 30 regarding the examination conducted for CUET-UG. If any complaint is found to be genuine, the NTA is committed to re-conduct the examination for these candidates at selected centres on any day between July 15 and 19,” the official said.

Though NTA officials did not comment on the complaints received by the agency, candidates claimed that there was time wastage and technical glitches at some exam centres.

“The challenges made by the candidates will be verified by a panel of subject experts. The result will be declared based on the revised final answer key,” the official said.

The delay in CUET-UG results has come at a time when there is controversy over alleged irregularities in competitive exams, including NEET and NET.

The CUET-UG exam, which was conducted in hybrid mode for the first time across the country, was cancelled in Delhi a night before the exam citing logistical reasons. The exam was later conducted in the national capital.

The NTA had earlier announced that the third edition of CUET-UG will be completed in seven days and there will be no normalization of marks as all the exams will be conducted in a single shift.

The exams for 15 subjects were conducted in pen-paper mode and for the remaining 48 subjects the exams were conducted in computer-based mode.

This year, over 13.4 lakh candidates registered for the common entrance test for admission to undergraduate courses in 261 central, state, deemed and private universities.

The first edition of the exam held in 2022 was marred by technical glitches. Also, as the exam for one subject was conducted in multiple shifts, the marks had to be normalised during the declaration of the result.

Amid criticism over alleged irregularities in medical entrance exam NEET and PhD entrance exam NET, the Centre last week removed NTA Director General Subodh Singh and constituted a high-level panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation chief R Radhakrishnan to ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of examinations through the NTA.

While NEET is under investigation for several irregularities, including an alleged paper leak, UGC-NET was cancelled after the education ministry received inputs that the sanctity of the exam had been compromised. Both cases are being investigated by the CBI.

first published: July 07 2024 | 8:49 PM Is

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