Every minute is important in competitive exams: SC

Every minute is important in competitive exams: SC

A view of the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said in competitive examinations, every minute is important and the CBSE would have to compensate a group of NEET-UG candidates for losing 30 minutes due to the invigilator's fault.

A vacation bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Indu Malhotra dismissed a plea by the CBSE challenging the Bombay High Court's order of June 15 to award additional proportionate marks to the candidates as per the formula suggested by the top court in the case relating to Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the CBSE, submitted he could understand the agony faced by the students at the threshold of their career and they should have been given full three hours in the examination. But, he pointed out, that different versions were given by the students during the inquiry as some said they lost 20 minutes.

“What is the age of the students? They have just passed their schools. Even 20 minutes loss is a lot in competitive examinations,” the bench said.

On this, Singh sought 10 days time to comply with the high court's direction, which the top court allowed.

The CBSE, which conducted the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test on May 6 for admission to MBBS course, challenged the validity of the high court's judgement of June 15.

Acting on a writ petition filed by Vaishnavi Sandeep Maniyar, a division bench of the high court directed the CBSE to apply the formula suggested by the Supreme Court in the judgement in 'Disha Panchal' case (CLAT-2018) and award additional proportionate marks to 24 candidates who appeared in the test in Nagpur's Adarsh Sanskar Vidyalaya but were not allowed by the invigilator to write the examinations for the stipulated three hours. The petitioner claimed the invigilator allowed them to write the exam from 10.30 am only, instead of the scheduled 10 am.

The top court in the CLAT case directed for applying normalisation formula devised on the basis of answering capacity of the candidates, aspiring for admission to National Law Universities, and allot additional marks in view of technical glitches faced by them.

In the instant case, the high court had directed the CBSE to revise the marks of candidates, release corrected mark-sheet by June 22 and consider them for the second round of counselling for admission to MBBS course.