SC refuses to change order, says NEET to be held as scheduled

The Supreme Court refused on Friday to modify an order clearing a common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and PG courses through the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

A day ago, the court brushed aside stiff opposition from the Centre and private colleges to rule the NEET be held in two phases – the first on May 1 and the second on July 24.

“We have passed our order. Let the exams go on,” said Justice Anil Dev during a hearing on the Centre’s plea that requested the court to reconsider its earlier order.

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi had suggested that instead of a two-phased NEET, the exam can be held on one day on July 24.

The apex court said states can hold their own exams, but the admissions would be subject to the final outcome of the verdict on NEET’s validity.

The NEET — a new entrance examination — is meant to bring all medical aspirants in the country under an umbrella test.

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