CBSE declares NEET result, Punjab boy bags top rank
The CBSE today declared result of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in which Punjab's Navdeep Singh has bagged the top rank.
Navdeep secured 697 marks out of 700. The second and third ranks have been bagged by Madhya Pradesh's Archit Gupta and Manish Mulchandani respectively. A total of 11,38,890 students had appeared for the NEET, out of which 6,11,539 have passed the medical entrance examination which was held on May 7.
Of these, 2,66,221 were male aspirants while 3,45,313 were females. Eight transgenders also appeared for the test, out of which five have qualified.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had on June 12 set in motion the process for declaring the result of NEET-2017 after the Supreme Court gave a go-ahead to the board.
The apex court had on May 24 stayed an interim order of the Madras High Court, which had restrained the CBSE from publishing the result of NEET 2017.
The highest number of candidates --9,13,033-- had appeared in English while 1,20,663 students had taken the test in Hindi.
The NEET common entrance examination, initiated in 2013 to end multiple entrance exams for admissions to undergraduate medical exams such as MBBS and BDS, was conducted on May 7 this year. The results were slated to be released on June 8.
On May 24, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court stayed any further process with regard to the NEET Result 2017 until June 7 responding to a joint written petition by a group of students from Madurai seeking cancellation of NEET 2017. Alleging the question paper set in English, Hindi and 10 other vernacular languages, including Tamil, was simpler in some states compared to others, the students sought cancellation of the examination and a re-examination.
CBSE clarified that the decision to set papers in different languages was meant as a safety measure to avoid conducting the entire exam again if a particular paper leaked.
While the Apex Court initially refrained from taking up an appeal by the CBSE, it later agreed when Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh sought an urgent hearing. He expressed concern the delay in declaring the NEET results 2017 would cause anxiety to students and also defer the already fixed admissions schedule to undergraduate courses - MBBS and BDS - in government and private medical colleges.
On Monday the vacation bench of SC -- Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice Deepak Gupta – stayed the HC order and also barred the high courts in the country from entertaining any petition on NEET results 2017 saying, "High courts shouldn't have interfered as it affects the schedule of the admission".
SC will also examine if there is need for uniformity in English and vernacular question papers for NEET.
This year a total of 11,38,890 students are reported to have appeared for NEET 2017 exams for 65,000 seats in MBBS and 25,000 seats in BDS. Of these students, 1,522 were non-resident Indians and 613 were foreign nationals.
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