The Centre has argued against scrapping the entire NEET-UG 2024 exam in light of alleged irregularities, stating that doing so would severely harm the honest candidates who participated in the examination. In an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Education emphasized that there is no substantial evidence of the widespread breach of exam confidentiality affecting the integrity of the nationwide examination, which was taken by over 23 lakh candidates across 4,750 centres. The Centre acknowledged isolated instances of irregularities and malpractices and assured that the CBI is conducting a comprehensive investigation into these allegations. Highlighting the importance of fairness and transparency in examinations, the affidavit underscored the government's commitment to protect the interests of students who took the exam honestly, without unfair means. It also mentioned the recent enactment of the Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024, aimed at ensuring stringent measures against exam malpractices. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear various petitions related to the NEET-UG 2024 exam, including those advocating for a retest, on July 8th.

Source- Deccanchronicle