New Delhi: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 for admissions to medical colleges will be held in English, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and Telugu, the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Anupriya Patel said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here on Friday.
Section 10 D of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prescribes conducting of uniform entrance examination in Hindi, English and such other languages, said Patel.
However, no criteria has been fixed for rural students applying under all India quota seats. State quota seats for UG and PG programs are decided by the state governments.
NEET also will not disturb reservation policies of the states.
Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had expressed apprehension that getting the question paper translated into six languages other than English and Hindi could result in its leakage.
Even the Medical Council of India (MCI) had said that eventually the NEET should be conducted in English only, as medical books are not available in any language other than English.
Amid strong reservations expressed by several states against conducting the NEET this year, the NDA government on May 20 paved the way for an ordinance to keep state government exams out of the ambit of the common test.
The Lok Sabha, on July 18, passed a bill mandating the conduct of single common examination for medical and dental courses. The new measures will also cover private colleges.
The Bill replaces the ordinances promulgated by the government to circumvent a Supreme Court order, which had called for the implementation of NEET from this session.