Acting on a plea for cancellation of NEET 2017, the Madras High Court has sought the stand of Union health secretary on this matter. The petition in the Court has been filed by a group of nine students from Madurai. As per the media reports, the students complained that the NEET has not been conducted in a uniform manner and should be canceled. Although the Court has refused to stay the admission process on the basis of NEET marks, it has issued notices to the Union Government and others, asking them to clarify their stand.
NEET 2017 exam was conducted on May 7. A day after the exam, many NEET controversies erupted in different states. There were reports of alleged NEET paper leak and the use of admit card for cheating. Also, many students and subject experts complained that there were significant differences in the difficulty level of the questions asked in NEET paper in English, Hindi and other regional languages.
As per the media reports, the Madurai students who have filed a petition in the court for reconduct of NEET argued that the CBSE has defeated the whole idea of conducting a single medical test for admissions by framing different question papers in different languages. The students said that due to differences in question papers, CBSE has denied them a ‘level playing field’ and there will be differences in the assessment of intelligence and aptitude.
It must be noted that the NEET 2017 exam was conducted in ten languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Odia and Assamese. There was also an incident of NEET question paper mix-up in which the candidates at an examination centre in Warangal had been provided English and Hindi question papers despite choosing Telugu as the medium of language for NEET exam. The CBSE reconducted the NEET test for 230 students in Warangal on May 17.
Until now the CBSE has not made any official comment on the matter of differences in the difficulty level of NEET paper in English, Hindi and other regional languages.
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