After a Scheduled Tribe (ST) topper claimed to have secured 650 marks after review, the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Monday, October 19, 2020, clarified that the news circulated is totally “fake, fabricated and one-sided only.”
As per reports, the 17-year-old NEET aspirant is from Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan and was erroneously shown to have scored 329 whereas he had actually scored 650 marks, thus making him the topper in ST Category. But NTA has clarified that the story is one sided and ‘absolutely fake’.
The aspirant reportedly spoke with HT stating that, “My despair turned into delightful surprise today when NTA today accepted its mistake and released corrected result sheet in which I got 650 marks and was adjudged All India Topper of NEET 2020 in Scheduled Tribe category. My General category All India Rank is 3577.”
The NTA said some candidates and their parents started inquiring through email and on media/social media on the OMR answer sheets being changed. Further, the agency filed a complaint with the cybersecurity cell at Noida. NTA stated, “It is clarified that all genuine grievances will be entertained by the NTA. However, manipulated and fabricated cases will be viewed seriously and NTA will be forced to take legal action as per laws of the land against such candidates including cancellation of their candidature or other unscrupulous agents representing such candidates.”
The NTA also said that “any favourable changes in their OMRs/results, else legal and punitive action, will be initiated against any/all such persons involved in spreading fake news”.
More than 85 percent had appeared for the exams conducted on September 13, 2020. Candidates who missed the exams after being tested positive for Covid-19 will get another opportunity to sit for the exams, the date for which will be announced later.
Source: Times Now
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