New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to prepare a common question paper for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET UG -2017) to be conducted in any language year 2018 onwards.
Expressing its dissatisfaction over the CBSE’s decision to prepare a different set of question papers for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET UG -2017) organised in regional languages, the apex court asked it to set common question papers from 2018 onwards.
The NEET examination organised in May 2017 had the different set of question papers for the students giving their exams in languages other than the Hindi and English.
The candidates who gave NEET exams in regional languages had alleged that the question paper given to them was difficult than the English and Hindi question papers. With these objections some students had filed a petition in Madras High Court.
Consequently, the Madras High Court stayed the NEET 2017 result declaration. The matter the went to the Supreme Court.
A three-judge Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had denied to "nullify" NEET examinations in a verdict on July 15 saying that it would affect the future of more than 6 lakh candidates.
The court had also declined to accept the arguments presented by some of the students that fresh exams need to be conducted as the level of difficulty of questions set in regional language and English were different.
In another significant development, the union government has assured in the Supreme Court that it will make sure that from 2018 onwards the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET UG -2017) is conducted in the Urdu language also.
The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET UG -2017) is mandatory test for admissions to medical and dental colleges. In total 6.11 lakh candidates out 11.35 lakh had cleared the NEET examinations in 2017 to join professional courses.