SC rejects plea to delay NEET 2021, exam to be conducted on Sunday

Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea to delay NEET 2021 by saying, “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can't be deferred on a plea of few students.”

SC rejects plea to delay NEET 2021, exam to be conducted on Sunday -

On Monday, Supreme Court rejected the plea to delay or postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance – Under Graduate Test. Now, the exam would be conducted on the scheduled date, which is September 12, 2021 (Sunday). 

The apex body said that a writ petition was filed seeking directions for rescheduling of NEET UG 2021 examination to a date after the declaration of the CBSE compartment, private, patrachar exams. The examination will be held as per schedule on September 12. 

A bench of justices comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice CT Ravikumar said, “We will not entertain this petition. We do not want uncertainty. Let the exam continue.” The bench further said, “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can't be deferred on a plea of few students.” 

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On September 3, the National Testing Agency clarified that the students would be appearing for the exam irrespective of the fact that CBSE results would not be declared by then. The testing agency said, “The non-declaration of results will not stop the students from appearing in the exam, and results will only be required during the counseling.” 

As per the education website Career 360, the plea filed by Advocate Sumanth Nookala sought to quash public notice scheduling NEET UG 2021 on September 12 as being “manifestly arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”

While hearing the submission made by the NTA’s counsel on September 3, the bench orally told the petitioner's counsel, “Your grievance is other exams will commence and your result isn't declared. The relief claimed is unnecessary as authorities say you will be permitted to appear.”

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NEET UG 2021 would be conducted on September 12, 2021, and it is expected that the admit cards would be released on 9th or 10th September 2021. The exam would be conducted “offline.”

There will be a total of 200 questions of which candidates need to answer 180 questions. The questions in the NEET exam pattern are divided into two sections - Section A and B. Section A contains 35 questions while Section B will have 15 questions. Of these 15 questions in Section B, candidates need to answer 10 questions.