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NEET 2017: Results to be declared by June 26 after Supreme Court lifts Madras HC stay

The Supreme Court has stayed a Madras High Court order that restrained CBSE from declaring the result of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.

education Updated: Jun 14, 2017 08:55 IST
Neelam Pandey and Ashok Bagriya
Neelam Pandey and Ashok Bagriya
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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In what comes as a major relief to candidates who wrote NEET 2017, the Supreme Court has lifted a Madras HC stay on declaration of the medical exam results(Bharat Bhushan/HT File Photo)

The CBSE will declare by June 26 the result of an exam for admission to the country’s medical and dental colleges after getting the go-ahead from the Supreme Court on Monday, bringing relief to more than a million students.

The Supreme Court stayed a Madras high court order that restrained the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from declaring the result of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.

“After the court’s go-ahead we have started the process of preparing the result... We will declare the results within two weeks,” a CBSE official told HT.

The board would have to put online more than a million answer sheets and the process would take a few days but the result would be out not later than June 26, the official, who didn’t wish to be identified, said.

A vacation bench of justice Prafulla C Pant and justice Deepak Gupta accepted the CBSE’s argument that if the stay was not vacated, college schedules would be thrown out of gear.

“The high court shouldn’t have easily and liberally interfered with the schedule,” the bench said of the May 24 order.

The top court said the result, counselling and admissions would be conditional to its decision on matters pending before it, as it asked high courts not to entertain petitions relating to NEET.

The CBSE had on June 9 sought an immediate stay on the Madras high court’s interim order that came on a bunch of pleas that alleged the question paper was not uniform and there was a vast difference between the ones in English and in Tamil.

Similar pleas were filed in other high courts. The petitioners demanded the test, which was held on May 7, be conducted afresh with “uniform question papers”.

The question papers in regional languages and English were different but the difficulty level was identical, the CBSE told the court.

NEET is conducted for admissions to under-graduate medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) courses as well as post-graduate (MD/MS) programmes in government and private colleges.

NEET replaced a web of tests conducted by states and various medical colleges, which often used to clash, required students to criss-cross the country and were expensive. A few colleges still hold their own tests as they were created under a separate law.

This year, more than 1.2 million students sat NEET. A million of them wrote the exam in English and Hindi and about 150,000 students used eight regional languages, including Tamil and Gujarati.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 13:33 IST