NEET-UG out of CBSC purview

New Delhi: The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Under Graduate (NEET-UG) will no longer be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. The Supreme Court on Thursday held that the NEET-UG examination will be conducted from the year 2019-20 by the National testing Agency (NTA) and the bilingual test will be conducted after the question paper is translated as set out by its director Vikas Gupta in an affidavit.

The Bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao also struck down the Madras High Court ruling on July 10, granting blindly 196 marks to each student who took the examination in Tamil for translation error in the question paper. “The High Court lost sight of the primary duty of court in such matter that is to avoid arbitrary results” as it decided to grant four marks for each of the 49 questions.

The Court said the consequence is unjust and unacceptable that the students who gave the examination in Tamil have been unduly benefited, so much so that some who might have otherwise failed but for addition of the marks that enabled these students score higher than those who gave the examination in English or other regional languages.

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