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Supreme Court rejects plea for rescheduling NEET-UG 2021 exam, to be held on September 12

The examination will be held as per schedule on September 12, the Supreme Court said.

Supreme Court rejects plea for rescheduling NEET-UG 2021 exam, to be held on September 12-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 6, 2021, 1:49 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Monday said that NEET 2021 entrance exam will not be postponed as the apex court rejected a writ petition filed seeking directions for rescheduling of NEET UG 2021 examination to a date after the declaration of the CBSE compartment, private, patrachar exams.

The examination will be held as per schedule on September 12, the Supreme Court said.

A Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, and Justice CT Ravikumar said, “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can't be deferred on a plea of few students. We will not entertain this petition. We do not want uncertainty. Let the exam continue.”

The Court has dismissed the plea of a batch of students who argued that NEET 2021 entrance exam will be clashing with other exams.

The plea filed by Advocate Sumanth Nookala stated that CBSE Class 12 students will have Biology exam on September 6, Physics on September 9, two major science papers on the same week of NEET exam.

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On September 3, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had informed the SC that the students would be allowed to appear for the examination, irrespective of the fact that CBSE results would not be declared by then.

“The non-declaration of result will not stop the students from appearing in the exam, and results will only be required during the counselling,” the NTA has said.

The plea sought to quash public notice scheduling NEET UG 2021 on September 12 as being “manifestly arbitrary” and “in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India”.

The top court had advised the students to make a representation before the National Testing Agency (NTA) in this matter.

While hearing the submission made by the NTA’s counsel on September 3, the bench orally told the petitioner's counsel, "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 to appear".

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