Putting an end to all the doubts, CBSE has informed the Supreme Court that this year onwards there will only be a common set of question paper for NEET 2018. This is definitely a good news for all the medical aspirants who will be taking NEET UG 2018 on May 06, 2018. Single question paper with uniform difficulty level will lead to an appropriate All India Rank.
Last year, students approached SC regarding different question paper of NEET in regional language papers. Candidates who appeared in Gujarati, Tamil and Bengali language complained that the difficulty level was higher. This lead to escalating outcry among the medical aspirants. The students argued that since NEET gives an All India Ranking to all the candidates then how can question paper be different in regional languages. The court asked CBSE for an explanation, to which the board absurdly justified that even with different questions, the level of difficulty in all languages was the same.
The apex court termed the practice of holding the same exam with various sets of question paper in different languages as ‘illogical’. SC also pointed out that it will be tough to evaluate the capability of students when the questions are different. It ordered CBSE to not repeat the error, hence, the Board is rectifying itself for the upcoming exam.
Supreme Court has asked CBSE to file an affidavit confirming the mechanism it will opt for conducting NEET 2018. A plea filed by a ‘Sankalp’ charitable trust was being heard by the apex court. It sought assurance that CBSE prepares a uniform question paper in all the languages.
In NEET 2018, a common question papers will be prepared in Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada. CBSE counsel, Tarachand Sharma conveyed this information to the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
Last year, 30,817 candidates out of 1,00,152, qualified NEET in vernacular languages qualified. Although, only one applicant managed to score above 600 marks out of 720 yet the number of candidates who scored between 501 to 600 marks was 84. On the other hand, as per the data compared by CBSE, out of 21,778 medical aspirants who appeared in vernacular languages only one was able to score within the rage of 501-600.
CBSE is all set to release the official notification for NEET UG 2018 on their official website cbseneet.nic.in. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is an annual examination that is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to various medical colleges. The application form of the exam is expected to be available by the end of January 2018. Nearly, 11 to 12 lakh aspirants are expected to apply this year.