CBSE to make NEET common question paper in all languages

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

The Supreme Court pulled up the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today for setting different questions for students appearing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in regional languages. It also asked the CBSE to file an affidavit explaining the method it will choose to conduct the exam from next year, The Indian Express reported.

"The main paper can be in English and questions can be translated into regional languages", the bench told the CBSE lawyer and additional solicitor general, Maninder Singh.

On Tuesday, Supreme Court said that it is willing to include Urdu as an official NEET language from the next academic session.

Following which, Union minister Prakash Javadekar had said question papers in vernacular languages for the all- India entrance examination for medical colleges, NEET, will be mere translation of the question papers in English.

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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. Since experts were not available to translate questions, different questions with similar difficulty level were set. The announcement will affrect the future of lakhs of candidates who are all set to appear in the joint entrance examinations in medicine and engineering in 2018 all over the country.

The matter is next listed for hearing on October 10.

The top court declined to "nullify" NEET on July 15, saying it would affect over six lakh candidates who cleared the test.

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