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Madurai: The recent development in NEET controversy comes with MoHFW filing a counter affidavit before Madras High Court bench requesting to vacate the interim order that restrains Central Board of Secondary Education from publishing NEET Result.

Madras High Court had ruled an interim order that stops CBSE from evaluating answer sheets, publishing answer keys, and declaring the result of National Eligibility and Entrance Test until June 12, 2017. Some students and groups of students had also filed writ petitions in court demanding cancellation of NEET exam. Many students waiting for NEET Result 2017 are raising their voice to conduct a re-examination.

Speculations are rife for the date on which CBSE will an announce medical entrance exam, NEET 2017, result. Dates ranging from June 12, 2017, to June 20, 2017, are being talked about. The fact remains, that date can only be decided once court clears up matters.

The Ministry has requested the court to only remove court stay on NEET. They have, however, not given any explanation on different question papers. CBSE has defended itself by saying that two different question papers were used to avoid chances of a leak.

Honorable Supreme Court of India will hear plea (by CBSE) on June 12, 2017. The Central Board of Secondary Education has also requested for transfer of matter from Madras High Court and Gujarat High Court, to the top court.

An interesting point made in counter affidavit says “It is pertinent to mention here that the scheme of NEET examination involves conduct of a single examination for admissions across the country and not administering a single question paper to all the candidates, as has been presumed and is being argued in this case.

Further, it has been conveyed that 9,13,033 (80.16%) and 1,20,663 (10.59%) write NEET exam in English and Hindi respectively.

Only 1,05,194 (9.25%) appeared for exam in 8 other languages. Telugu (1,766-0.15%), Assamese (3,810-0.33%), Gujarati (47,853 – 4.2%), Marathi (978 -0.08%), Tamil (15,206- 1.33%), Bengali (34,417- 3.02%), Kannada (712- 0.06%) and Odia (0.03%).

CBSE further denies that NEET question paper in the English language was tougher than that in other languages, as writ petitions allege. Also that there was no paper leak of question paper in other languages. The board appealed that subject-experts keep note of same difficulty level of paper.

If there was a paper leak of paper in other languages, then the question has been raised that whether re-test should be for 9.25% or for all?

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