There is good news for candidates preparing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Starting this year, there will just be one exam paper for the examination. The decision was taken by the CBSE, which conducts the exams.
According to reports, the CBSE has agreed to the suggestions of the Supreme Court. The Board has told a two-judge Bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and FA Nazeer that instead of papers in 10 languages, a single NEET question paper will be translated into different languages.
The board had argued that the difficulty of the question papers were same irrespective of the language. But this contention was rejected by the Bench.
The apex court had called the issuance of multiple language question papers “illogical practice”.
The issue of question papers in multiple languages has also been raised by candidates. In 2017, candidates told Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar that the questions in that year’s paper in the vernacular language were tougher than those in English and Hindi.
Following the controversy, the HRD minister had in July 2017 said that the questions in all languages will be a translation of the questions in the English language paper.
The syllabus for the NEET 2018 exams will be the same as was for NEET 2017. The examinations are held for entry into medical courses in government or private medical colleges in India.