The National Testing Agency (NTA) has barred seventeen candidates who appeared for the NEET-UG exam on 5th May from centers in Bihar. This decision was based on inputs regarding exam irregularities.

“This brings the total number of candidates barred from the exam this year to 110,” stated an NTA official. Previously, 63 candidates were banned for using unfair means during the exam.

On Saturday, an additional 30 candidates from Godhra, Gujarat, were also debarred. Notably, 67 students scored a perfect 720 in the NEET-UG exam, an unprecedented occurrence in NTA’s history, with six of these top scorers coming from a center in Faridabad, Haryana. This raised suspicions of irregularities, with allegations that grace marks played a role in these perfect scores. The Supreme Court subsequently ordered the cancellation of these grace marks and offered the option of a retest.

Approximately 24 lakh candidates participated in the NEET-UG exam on May 5, held across 4,750 centers. Initially expected on June 14, the results were announced early on June 4 due to the swift completion of answer sheet evaluations.