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2 NEET Aspirants Allege OMR Sheets to be Doctored

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Two medical aspirants have alleged that their Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets have been doctored. These students belong to the state of Tamil Nadu, in Coimbatore and Ariyalur districts. The students who wrote the exam on September 13 are now demanding a rechecking of their original sheets. One of them has even approached the National Testing Agency to take needed steps in the matter.

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Two NEET Aspirants allege their OMR sheet have been doctored

 

NEET aspirant KS Manoj in shock

17-year-old KS Manoj, a resident of Karumathampatti in Coimbatore district had checked his answer sheet twice online. Moreover he compared it to the answer key released by a private coaching agency. According to his calculations, he was sure of scoring over 500 and had only left two or three answers. But to his shock on Friday night, when the results came, he found out from relatives that he had only scored 248.

Not a satisfactory response from NEET

“When I calculated my marks with the OMR sheet on October 15, I scored 594. I even made relatives do it because I was very nervous a day ahead of the results. We checked once more on October 16.” said Manoj. “But when I checked my final score I was completely shocked. We were convinced there was some technical error and that I can get it evaluated again based on my OMR sheet.” he added. But when he called NEET helplines to clear the matter, he did not get a proper response. Manoj and his relatives then went back to the NEET website to download his OMR sheet on Saturday. There he observed discrepancies that were allegedly not present in his original answer sheet.

“I saw that the OMR sheet had changed. Only the answers for the 248 marks they had awarded me were there. This was not my sheet. My signature and roll number are correct, but the answers marked are different”, he claimed.

Another NEET aspirant Manju alleges OMR Sheet to be doctored

Another 17-year-old student Manju, from Ariyalur district’s Kudikadu village too found out the downloaded sheet was not hers. The medical aspirant was extremely upset over the 37 marks she scored in the exam. She was in utter shock as she got a minimum of 700 in all her practice tests. “I have always wanted to be a doctor, a cardiologist specifically. I have not even applied for any other course or counselling. After the exam, when I checked the answer key, I was confident of getting over 600”, Manju said. “When I downloaded the OMR sheet after the results, the total came to 48. But the result they have given me is 37. I want my original sheet.” she added.

Manju’s mother asks for original OMR

Manju’s mother Maharani stated that the family has sacrificed a lot to help Manju train for the exam. From quitting her job to preparing with Manju, she has stood by her child at every step. Even the practice tests at home were conducted with Manju wearing masks and gloves to prepare her for the exam.

“The first and last column are my daughter’s OMR sheet but the columns in between are not from her paper. This sheet doesn’t belong to my daughter. She left only three questions to even avoid negative marks. We have worked day and night for this exam. Please give us our original OMR.” she said.

While Maharani approached the media for help, Manoj and his family have lodged a complaint with the NTA through email, attaching screenshots of his original OMR and the one downloaded after his results came. They are yet to receive a response.

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