NEET not to be postponed, SC refuses to entertain pleas seeking deferment

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a batch of pleas seeking deferment or cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), scheduled for September 13.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that authorities will take all necessary steps for conducting the NEET-undergraduate exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic for admission in medical courses.

Sorry, we are not inclined to entertain, the bench said.

The apex court had on September 4 dismissed petitions, including the one filed by ministers of six opposition-ruled states, seeking review of its August 17 order which had paved the way for holding NEET and JEE exams.

The cabinet ministers from six opposition-ruled States had filed a review plea, urging the Court to reconsider the correctness of its August 17 ruling. Later, this plea was also later dismissed.

The JEE exams have already been conducted between September 1-6, whereas the National National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be held on September 13 as per decided. 

The NEET and JEE mains entrance exams were originally scheduled for April and May this year but were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Around 25 lakh students registered for the JEE examination while around 16 lakh students have applied for NEET entrance exams this year. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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