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“Merit” Does Not Mean Marks Alone : Supreme Court

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Friday Jan 21, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram : Mark score at an examination at most indicates a person’s current competence rather than gamut of his abilities, the Supreme Court explained Wednesday.

The observation was made by Bench headed by Justice DT Chandrachud, in its judgment on OBC and EWS reservation in medical entrance (PG) examination. In a quotable reality, the Bench said the meaning of merit cannot be restricted to marks. When examinations claim to be more than systems of resource, they give rise to distorted system of ascertaining the value of individuals as students or professionals, the Bench said.

Elaborating the notion with an example, the SC said if a high-scoring candidate does not use his/her talent to do good deeds, it will be difficult to call him meritorious. Only those getting high marks cannot be called meritorious, said the Bench.

The apex court in its propriety of work and devotion to public service should also be seen as mark of merit, which cannot be assessed in any competitive examination. The patience and resilience required to lift oneself out of situations of deprivation reflects individual capacity.

The observations came on the apex court’s endorsement of 27 reservation in all-India quota for NEET.