The Tamil Nadu aspirants of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will have to travel to nearby states like Kerela, Karnataka, and Rajasthan to appear for the NEET 2018 UG exam. on Thursday, the Supreme Court stayed a Madras High Court direction. The Madras Court, after getting petitions from NEET aspirants, had asked to set up more exam centers for the exam in the state.
CBSE’s plea was accepted by the top court as new exam centers cannot be established in a short period notice. Leaving hundreds of aspirants of NEET in a bombshell.
CBSE in a notice stated that the allotment of seats is done entirely with help of the computer. No human intervention is present in the seat allotment process. And since there is not much time left for the exam and the preparation are already made there is no provision for any changes in the exam center now.
The candidates had filed a petition with the Madras High Court on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. They had demanded reallotment of exam centers within the territory of the state. The petition was by the candidates who had applied from Tamil Nadu for NEET exam. But in the Admit Card, which was released on April 17, they were not provided the choices as entered for exam center. As at the time of filling the application, students are required to select three preference choice for exam centers. The candidates said in the petition that they were assigned different centers in nearby states.
As most of the students are from a rural district and from economically weak sections. They will not be able to afford travel expenditure required. The petitioners have requested for reallocation so that they could also appear for the exam.
Another ruling was made on Thursday by the Delhi High Court. The CBSE had appealed the court against students wearing religious symbols or item made for it inside the examination hall. Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt and Justice S.K Chawla along with the bench have rejected the appeal. The bench said that they cannot place a prohibition based on ‘vague fears’. All the candidates who will be wearing ‘customary dress’ are required to reach the examination hall one hour early from the commencement of exam.
NEET 2018 for the undergraduate exam is held each year for admission to medical institutes. Since last year many states have accepted NEET score for admission. This year 2 lakh more students have applied for NEET compared to last year. The competition is for 60,000 seats for MBBS and BDS courses.
After the exam, NEET 2018 Answer Key will be released for all sets, alongwith solutions. Thereafter result will be announced on June 5, 2018.