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NTA’s Handling of NEET 2020 and Fake News

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The NEET 2020 exam was conducted amidst the ongoing crises. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test has been in the talks for a while. Exam dates of NEET 2020 have been the center of controversies for the past few months. Finally, the NTA held an exam on September 13 in an online mode.

Aspirants had to fill a self-declaration form. The form has to be signed by either parent or guardian. Only those aspirants who had filed the self-declaration form were being allowed to appear for the exam. The center assured that they followed all the social distancing norms. Also, measures were taken to manage the crowd.

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News of alleged blunder : NEET 2020 fake news

The news of the alleged blunder with results declaration went viral and gathered a lot of attention. Afterward, NTA clarified that the reports are wrong. Soon after the declaration of the NEET 2020 result, a candidate claimed a mistake in OMR sheets. This news went viral soon and caught a lot of attention. Reports said that a low scorer became a category topper. NTA has denied all such reports. Also, it issued a stern message calling out the news as totally fake, fabricated, and one-sided. It says, “The news is fake and fabricated and one side only. Before broadcasting this fake news, the news channel should have confirmed from NTA. Also, NTA has filed a complaint with the cybersecurity cell. The complaint was filed under the IT Act at Noida, Uttar Pradesh”.

NTA’s official notification

After coverage in the National media, NTA released an official notification on this matter. The notification said, “It has been revealed on some news channels in social media that shockingly some unscrupulous elements are claiming the results announced are incorrect. The NTA has announced the result after thorough scrutiny”. Furthermore, it said that they assure all candidates that the results are correct”.

NTA has also shared advise for parents and aspirants. It warned them to beware of false promises of arranging admission in medical colleges through unfair means. NTA further cited the incorrect score news as an example. An aspirant had claimed that he had scored 650 marks, whereas he has got only 329 marks in NEET.

A 17-year boy challenged the NEET result

The report of a blunder in the NEET 2020 result was reported by various national dailies and local news.

It was widely covered by the news agencies and also on social media after October 24. The report claimed that incorrect result of a 17-year-old boy is being shown on the NEET website. The boy from Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan claimed that the result showed him scoring 329 marks out of 720. Based on his recorded response on OMR sheet and answer key challenged, he was obtaining 650 marks out of 720. Hindustan Times, a national daily shared the aspirants words. The aspirant said, “My despair turned into delightful surprise today when NTA accepted its errors. Furthermore, he said, “in the corrected result sheet I obtain 659 marks”. Also, he was adjudged all India topper of NEET 2020 in the scheduled tribe category. His general category AIR is 3577.

NTA might take legal action against NEET 2020 fake news

In response, NTA released a notice clarifying that it was not the case. Moreover, they clarified that all genuine grievances will be entertained. Also, NTA will view the manipulated and fabricated cases seriously. It will be forced to take legal action as per the laws of the land against such aspirants. This will include cancellation of their candidature or other unscrupulous agents representing such candidates.

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