The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for setting different question papers for students taking the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in regional languages and said there should be a common paper for all aspirants.
Expressing its dissatisfaction over the CBSE's decision to prepare a different set of question papers for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET UG -2017) organised in regional languages, the apex court asked it to set common question papers from 2018 onwards. The plea stated that most of the regional language papers were hard than the English and Hindi papers in NEET 2017 examinations. Besides Hindi and English, CBSE conducted the exam in eight vernacular languages for the first time this year. In total 6.11 lakh candidates out 11.35 lakh had cleared the NEET examinations in 2017 to join professional courses. However, he claimed that the difficulty level was the same. "As long as the difficulty level is the same, it passes the test of uniformity", Singh told the bench. He said while 10.50 lakh students took the exam in English, 1.24 lakh students took the exam in Hindi and other languages.
Justice Misra asked the ASG, "why do you choose a hard path for students?"
Jaising argued questions in regional languages were not identical to the questions in Hindi and English and there was a difference in the level of difficulty. "If experts do not know how to translate the questions, then they are not experts".
The bench then said, "Paper should have identical questions no matter what language it is in". Further when there are uniform questions evaluation of the standards of students could also be uniform.
The court slated the hearing for October 10.