AIEEE : HC seeks CBSE response on student's plea
New Delhi, Aug 20,2012 : A student, who was unable to get through the All India Engineering Entrance Exams (AIEEE) 2012, has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the CBSC merit list alleging four questions were wrongly framed due to which he scored less mark.
Seeking an order to the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), which had conducted the entrance exams, to prepare a fresh merit list, one city-based Pranshu Gupta filed the petition through his counsel Ashok Aggarwal alleging four questions were "wrongly framed" in the AIEEE 2012 as a result he got 20 marks less and also got low rank. Issuing notices to CBSE and also to three engineering colleges, which Gupta had preferred in the form to do his B Tech course, Justice G S Sistani recently sought their response by September 12 on Gupta petition.
In his plea, Gupta contended saying "the present petition is against the impugned action of CBSE in framing wrong questions being Question Nos 21, 27, 32 and 47 in the question paper for AIEEE-2012 held on May 19 and in assessing the marks of petitioner(Gupta) on the basis of the answer key which provides wrong answers to the said questions resulting in lowering the rank of the petitioner."
He also sought the court to quash the entire merit list as prepared by CBSE and direct the board to prepare a fresh merit list after deleting those questions. Gupta claimed he had chosen the correct options for all the four questions in view of the text book on the subject but the answer key had provided wrong answers and his marks were assessed as per the answer key.
According to the petitioner, there were 90 objective type of questions and also four options (1,2,3 and 4) for each question and the candidates were supposed to tick only one correct option. It further submitted that for each correct answer four marks were to be awarded and for each wrong answer one mark was to be deducted. He said he had scored 196 marks out of 360 marks and in case the marks of four questions are allotted to Gupta, he would have scored 216 marks.
"Direct CBSE to allot 5 marks each for Questions No. 21, 27, 32 and 47 totaling to 20 marks to the petitioner and, consequently, re-allocate the All India Ranking to the petitioner in the merit list of AIEEE-2012 Examination on the basis of his marks being 196+20 = 216 marks out of 360 marks OR in alternative, quash the entire merit list as prepared by CBSE and direct it to prepare a fresh merit list after deleting the 4 wrongly framed questions-No 21, 27, 32 and 47", the petition said.
Citing a Supreme Court ruling, the petitioner said the apex court had held that where the questions are wrongly formulated or the answer key provided incorrect answers, the candidates were entitled to get their marks/ranks re-assessed in accordance with the correct answers and would be entitled to the educational course to which they were entitled to in view of their new rank.