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SC order brings NEET relief to candidates

PUBLISH DATE 13th June 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the air of uncertainty over admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges by lifting the stay on declaration of results to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) imposed on May 24 by the Madras high court, reports Dhananjay Mahapatra.

Nearly 12 lakh students ha ve appeared in the NEET exams for admission in medical colleges for the academic year 2017-18. Immediately after receiving the go-ahead, CBSE sources told TOI the board will require 15 days to release results of NEET-UG (undergraduate) for 2017-18 and that they could be out by June 26.

Aspiring medical students are relieved that they wo uld not have to undergo a retest following the Supreme Court's order on Monday directing the CBSE to announce the results in two weeks.

Almost 10.5 lakh students in the country appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), who are keenly waiting for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to announce the results.

The Supreme Court ordered that the results of the 2017 NEET should be declared by June 26. The CBSE has agreed to this.They were originally scheduled to be released on June 8.

Medical aspirant Sarvesh Kumar said, “This is my second attempt, and again the issue is in court. It is frustrating to wait for results, and every time before the announcement, something new turns up and students are on the suffering end.“

Kumar's batchmate Ragini Kulkarni said, “Last year, we had to go through the trauma of re-exam, and we thought something similar would happen this year too. But we are relieved by the court decision. However, this period between court decisions is tense and takes a mental toll.“

IITian Prashikshan Kendra's Durgesh Mangeshkar said, “Last year was an exceptional case and a big mess around the exam and this year it was an implementation glitch. Had the CBSE declared in its application brochure about the language paper, then they would not have got into this mess. Logically, I feel the CBSE has not gone anywhere wrong in having a different paper for vernacular as that is the trend the world over.“

Mangeshkar said that even the entrance examination for Indian Institutes of Technology and other premiere examinations in the country have different papers in two versions of the exam. For instance, the IIT online and offline exam would have different papers, while other institutes that conduct examinations over a period of 15 days also have different papers on each day .

Career counsellor Kedar Takalkar said, “Delayed result will automatically affect admission process. As the time schedule is also fixed by the Supreme Court, admission process must be completed by September 1 under any circumstance.“