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Neet Protest

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NEET aspirants across India took to the streets to protest alleged malpractices in NEET’24.

On Saturday, NEET aspirants, alongside local residents, mobilized in the streets of the Lanka area, protesting what they deemed as irregularities in the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG) 2024.

Brandishing placards and vocally asserting their demands with slogans like ‘We Want Justice’ and ‘All Eyes on NEET’, they vehemently called for a re-examination of NEET UG 2024 and demanded corrective actions from the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Expressing skepticism about the integrity of the NTA, the protesting aspirants insisted on a thorough re-evaluation of the NEET UG exam.

Their protest found a focal point near the main gate of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the Lanka area, where they rallied for a re-conduct of the entrance exam. However, police intervention occurred after an hour, leading to the dispersal of the protestors.

The aspirants underscored that approximately 24 lakh students participated in the NEET exam this year, with about 13 lakh successfully passing. They expressed incredulity over the fact that 67 students clinched the coveted rank 1, with eight students from a single center securing a flawless 720 out of 720 marks.

Despite the intervention, they issued a stern warning of persisting with their agitation in the upcoming days if their demands were not promptly addressed.

While the NTA took steps to assuage some concerns by compensating 1,563 students for the time lost during the NEET-UG 2024 exam, the atmosphere remained tense due to court petitions surrounding controversies over grace marks, increased cut-offs, and average scores. The NTA refuted any claims of paper leaks and stood firm on the integrity of the examination, yet apprehensions persisted regarding score bunching and inconsistencies in rankings.

Significantly, a staggering 67 candidates achieved a perfect score of 720 in the NEET-UG, an accomplishment acknowledged by an official despite acknowledging a discrepancy in a question sourced from the NCERT textbook.

Sadly, the aftermath of the NEET-UG exam took a tragic turn with the news of the suicide of an 18-year-old girl, Bagisha Tiwari, from Madhya Pradesh. Disheartened by her performance in the exam, she took her own life in Kota, residing in a multi-story building in Reva district.

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