NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test conducted by CBSE) is one of the most acknowledged Medical Entrance Exams in India. It facilitates admission to various MBBS/BDS courses approved by Medical Council of India. However, CBSE’s responsibility is only limited to conducting the exam, declaring results and providing All India Rank to the Directorate General Health Services, Government of India for managing counselling.

Last year, a lot of flak was created when the Centre denied conducting the examination in the Urdu language. Then, the Court asked for a response from CBSE, MCI, DCI and the Centre regarding holding of the exam (2017) in Urdu. However, citing non-feasibility of the situation, the bench comprising of Justice A. M. Khanwilkar said, “The exam for this academic session is already over. We can’t put the clock back…The appeal is disposed of.”

In addition to that, reports also inform that the Centre told the court that it was not feasible to introduce Urdu as one of the mediums for the NEET from the current academic session. CBSE also conveyed the difficulty of conducting the exam in Urdu this year. Moreover, candidates shall also be intimated on time. The sudden break of news will tend to create confusion.

At present, the test is being conducted in ten languages- Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati,  Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil. And now after adding Urdu, there will be 11 languages. The decision will surely increase the workload of CBSE.

In the beginning of this year, a Student’s body had accused the centre of being “Communal”. Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), initiated a legal action and filed an affidavit under its national secretary Thouseef Ahamad. The decision was taken referring to this affidavit.

And now, the final verdict came in August declaring that Urdu will be subsumed as a language in the NEET Entrance Examination from the next academic session. The bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Santana Goudar gave the decision a green light.

After this decision, it is expected that the CBSE will soon release a notification on the official website at confirming the same. The applications for Academic Year 2018 might be announced in 04th week of January 2018. Therefore, the notification will arrive before that.

The pros and cons of the decision cannot be estimated in advance. Candidates will have to wait for any concrete information to arrive. Candidates will have to indicate the language they want their question paper in. and now the Urdu option will also be added in the application form. The option once exercised would be altered.

If we talk about the current situation, Urdu will be included in the list of vernacular languages. And according to the past procedures, NEET provide question paper in bilingual form. Therefore, people who will opt for vernacular language will get the question paper in Bilingual form. Meaning that the test Booklet will contain the question paper in English and Language selected by the candidate.

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