SRINAGAR: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 for admission in Undergraduate medical courses will be held on September 12(Sunday) after Supreme Court today rejected a plea by a group of students to postpone the exam. Supreme Court said that it does not want to interfere with the process and it will be “very unfair” to reschedule it.
A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar said if students want to appear in multiple exams, then they need to prioritise and make a choice as there may never be a situation where everyone is satisfied with the date of exams.
The apex court said however that the petitioners will be at liberty to make a representation before the competent authorities on the issue and the same may be decided at the earliest in accordance with the law.
“The arguments which you (counsel for petitioners) are canvassing may not be relevant for 99 per cent of candidates. For one per cent candidates, the entire system cannot be put on hold,” the bench, also comprising justices Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar, told advocate Shoeb Alam who was appearing for the petitioners.
When Alam said that around 25,000 students will be appearing in either improvement or compartment examinations for class 12, the bench observed that only around one per cent candidates go for that.
Alam argued that medical entrance exam NEET-UG 2021 be deferred as many other examinations are scheduled around September 12.
“If you are to appear in multiple examinations, then you need to make choice,” the bench said, adding, “You have to prioritise. You must also be conscious that any deferment is likely to clash with some other examination.”
The bench said the respective boards will do their job and the court will not interfere with examinations in such a situation.