Supreme Court allows 15 candidates to attend additional session tomorrow

The Supreme Court on Friday issued an order allowing 15 IIT aspirants, who encountered technical difficulties during the first session of the ITT JEE-Mains 2022 exam held in June 2022, to attend the additional session of the ITT JEE-Mains 2022 exam tomorrow. examination organized by the National Testing Agency (July 30).

As per the IIT-JEE Mains Exam Information Bulletin, the entrance test will be held in two sessions and candidates have the option of attending either session. If a candidate appears in both sessions, the higher score will be considered for the ranking list.

Senior Attorney Gopal Shankaranarayanan, pleading for petitioners before the Supreme Court, presented before a panel composed Judges DY Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala that they had appeared for the first session of the IIT-JEE Mains which was held from June 23 to 29, during which they faced several technical problems such as server problems, questions that did not not loading, hidden timers and computer shutdowns, due to which they lost a lot of time affecting their performance during the exam. The second session is held from July 25 to July 29.

As there were many complaints about technical issues during the first session, the National Testing Agency decided to hold an additional session on July 30 for candidates who encountered difficulties. Lawyer Rupesh Kumarthe NTA’s staff attorney, told the judiciary that of the 550 representations received, the agency found that 254 candidates had genuine difficulties and were allowed to attend the July 30 supplementary session.

Of the 15 petitioners, 7 made representations and 3 were allowed to attend tomorrow’s supplementary session, the NTA’s lawyer told the court.

The bench has decided to allow the 15 petitioners to attend tomorrow’s supplementary session and has ordered the NTA to issue them admission cards for this purpose. This will be subject to the condition that they will have to relinquish the results of the first session. With these directives, the motion in writ has been eliminated.

After dictating the order, Judge Chandrachud orally stated that, ideally, all contestants who are having difficulty should be allowed to attend the additional session, but given the logistical issues, the bench should limit the relief to petitioners.

Case Title: Gaurav Bhairava and Others v National Testing Agency and Others | WP(c) No. 556/2022

Julio V. Miller