The Supreme Court dismissed at least three pleas seeking postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020. The pleas also sought an increase in a number of exam centres, to hold the exam in 5-6 shifts, and conduct a re-exam. NEET is scheduled to be held on September 13 for over 15.9 lakh students across 3843 centres.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that authorities will take all necessary steps for conducting the NEET-undergraduate exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic for admission in medical courses. “Sorry, we are not inclined to entertain,” the bench said, as reported by PTI.
The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said that all arrangements have been made by the authorities to hold the exam. Now everything is closed, even review is dismissed, the bench said, adding that only NEET exam is left now and JEE is over, it said, as reported by PTI.
Unlike JEE Main held recently, NEET is a paper and pen-based exam and is held only in a single shift across India. While JEE is held twice a year, NEET is held only once. Earlier, the SC had dismissed the postponement plea for both JEE and NEET stating that “Career of students cannot be put under jeopardy for long.” While the JEE has been conducted as per schedule, the NEET is yet to take place.
The exam conducting body, National Testing Agency (NTA) claims that it has increased the number of exam centres to hold the exam amid social distancing norms. NTA also claims to have provided sanitisation of exam halls, masks, gloves etc at the exam centres. For NEET, the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12, now, the NTA said in an official notice.
NEET is a single entrance exam for Indian students seeking admission to undergraduate medical courses. The exam was recently made mandatory for students seeking to go abroad to study medicine as the minimum qualification exam.
— With Inputs from PTI
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