The CBSE's practice of preparing different sets of question papers for students taking the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET) in regional languages is set to go with the SC terming it “illogical“ and ordering that there must be one question paper for all students irrespective of language.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar said this was a serious issue as there would be no uniformity in the entrance examination as students would be asked different questions.“It is illogical practice. How will you evaluate the competence of students when their questions are different. There is no reason for setting different question papers for students. There must be same question paper for all students who take the exam in Hindi, English or other languages,“ the bench said.
The CBSE had found itself in a fix over the regional papers of NEET 2017 conducted on May 7. There were allegations that some of the regional language papers were more difficult than the English and Hindi papers and a bunch of petitions was filed by students seeking quashing of the examination.
Additional solicitor general Maninder Singh, appearing for the CBSE, said the questions were different in vernacular languages but their difficulty level was the same. “If the level of difficulty of all papers is same, then it serves the purpose of uniformity in examination process,“ he said. The ASG contended that only 1.2 lakh students took the exam in regional languages this year.
The bench said the CBSE should hire translators to translate the question paper into different languages.