Published On : Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

CBSE to make NEET common question paper in all languages: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for setting different question papers for students appearing for National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) in regional languages. The apex court observed that there should be a common question paper for all NEET examinations.

The board found itself in a fix over the regional papers of NEET 2017 examinations conducted on 7 May, 2017, after candidates approached the courts since they found the level of difficulty of regional language papers higher than the English and Hindi papers.

The Supreme Court has also sought the data of candidates who cracked the entrance exam in vernacular language. The annexure submitted by the CBSE today, states that in NEET 2017, 100152 aspirants appeared in the exam in the vernacular languages, of which 30817 have qualified.

However, only one candidate has managed to score above 600 marks (out of 720) while under 501-600 marks category, 84 students have qualified.

CBSE compared the data with 2013’s exam when 21778 medical aspirants appeared in vernacular languages of which only 1 student scored marks under 501-600 while none could register above 601 marks.

NEET 2017 was held on May 7 and candidates appeared in Gujarati, Tamil and Bengali language complained over the difficulty level. Out of 11.35 lakh aspirants, nearly 6.11 lakh candidates have passed the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.