All candidates had got 82 of the total 150 marks (54.6%), a little short of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education cut-off of 82.5.
Petitioner Prasenjit Saha, a TET 2014 “disqualified” candidate, had moved the HC seeking permission to apply for teaching jobs in 2020. His lawyer Sudipto Dasgupta pleaded that 54.6% could be considered 55%.
Dasgupta pointed out that six questions were faulty in TET 2014. The HC in 2018 had ordered full marks to be given to those who attempted the wrong questions, leading to a revision that pushed many above the cut-off.
Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay allowed the five TET 2014 candidates to fill up forms for primary teacher recruitment, citing the NCTE norm of 82 cut-off for the reserved category across states instead of 82.5 as announced by WBBPE. Another 16 TET 2017 candidates were allowed to apply on similar grounds on a petition by Mehbul Mandal.
While hearing another matter, Justice Gangopadhyay allowed candidates who got below 50% in graduation to apply for teacher recruitment till the Supreme Court passed an order on the issue. Some candidates who graduated before July 29, 2011, had moved court against WBBPE setting 50% as the minimum eligibility criterion when there was no such norm in other states.