NTA says CBSE results not mandatory to appear for NEET, SC adjourns case till Sept 6

Students have claimed that the NEET UG exam, which is in the midst of the last few days of the CBSE Compartment exams, will put undue stress on them
Supreme Court | (Pic: Wikimedia Commons)
Supreme Court | (Pic: Wikimedia Commons)

The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Friday informed the Supreme Court that CBSE results will not affect the eligibility of students appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The NTA also stated that clearing the CBSE exams will just be a criterion for counselling in case the students qualify NEET. The case has now been adjourned to September 6.

A three-judge bench of Justices Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice CT Ravikumar were hearing a petition by the students seeking postponement of NEET. The bench said, "Your grievance is other exams will commence and your result isn't declared. The relief claimed is unnecessary as authorities say you will be permitted." 

The bench stated this after hearing the NTA's assurances: "The non-declaration of the results of CBSE Private, Compartment and Patrachar exams for Class XII will not prevent those students from appearing in the NEET UG exam,” NTA stated. The counsel representing CBSE said that the results will be released on September 30.

As the NEET exam date (September 12) approaches, the clamour of students are only growing louder. The petitioners had claimed that the scheduling of NEET was "manifestly arbitrary" and violates Article 14 of the Constitution of India. NEET is scheduled amid the dates blocked for CBSE Compartment Exams. The exams are scheduled to end on September 15. 

Moreover, students have also claimed that NEET UG clashes with the board exams of states like Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. They claim that it would put undue stress on them to write both exams together.

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