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CBSE ordered to award 196 grace marks by the Madras High Court on 11th July, 2018 to the candidates who opted to take the NEET examination in Tamil language in 2018. The petition was filed by senior CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan, who complained that 49 questions, each carrying 4 marks were not interpretable by the candidates due to lack of coherence upon translation from English into the regional language of Tamil Nadu. The judges have responded by agreeing to compensate judiciously for the affected candidates in order to ensure an unbiased and level-playing round.

Also, CBSE has been directed by Justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed to publish the revised list of eligible candidates based on the newly added grace marks.  However, the final decision of the counselling process lay with the respective authorities, as per latest announcements.

The NEET is a nation-wide competitive examination that must be cleared by the aspiring candidates to pursue further studies in medical and dental fields. The question paper consists of a total of 180 questions, each carrying 4 marks and hence awards maximum marks of 720 to the aspiring candidates.

The NEET examination was conducted across the country in a total of 11 languages, including English and Hindi across 136 cities. The number of candidates from Tamil Nadu enumerated to approximately 1.07 lakhs and was held in 170 centres in 10 cities panning the state. The results of NEET, 2018 were announced on the 4th of June this year.

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