SC asks CBSE to set similar questions for NEET in regional languages

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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: 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.

Observing that there must be a common paper for NEET examinations, the top court ordered the CBSE and Centre to file an affidavit stating that from next year onwards identical questions will have to be set irrespective of language.

The apex court had received petitions from several students, who appeared the NEET 2017 examination on May 7, stating that the questions set for them in the regional languages were tougher compared to the ones set for Hindi and English.

The issue had also been raised in the Rajya Sabha by MPs of Trinamool Congress and AIADMK for students of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu attempting the common medical entrance examination in regional languages.

NEET was conducted in ten languages this year – Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telegu, Tamil and Kannada – by the CBSE.

Meanwhile, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadeker announced that question papers of NEET 2018 will be mere translation of the question paper in English.

The vernacular question papers for NEET, the all-India entrance examination for admission into medical colleges will just be translation of the question paper in English, said Javadekar.

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