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Supreme Court Denies Tamil Nadu Exemption From Following NEET

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| August 22 , 2017 , 17:50 IST

The Supreme Court has rejected Tamil Nadu's executive order exempting its students from seeking admission to medical colleges on the basis of the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) maintaining the earlier ruling that all medical admissions across the nation are to be conducted by a single entrance exam.

Tamil Nadu had sought exemption from being bound by NEET for this year's medical admissions at least in government-funded colleges and had issued an executive order for the same. The centre had initially suggested that it would back the move and the ordinance was cleared by the Law and Human Resources Development ministries, but on Tuesday the centre said it could not support the ordinance, reportedly as it would encourage other states to ignore the common entrance exam.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that medical colleges in Tamil Nadu will also have to follow the national and common entrance exam NEET as the only basis for medical course admissions.

According to Tamil Nadu, the NEET gives an 'unfair advantage' to students studying from schools that followed the CBSE or national board making it difficult for students from rural areas to complete with students in cities for limited college seats. The process for medical admissions in Tamil Nadu is based on marks secured in Class 12.

The NEET had been designed and launched in order to standardise the process of medical admissions and be a common medical entrance exam for the entire nation. The NEET exam reached the apex court earlier as well, when students alleged that the NEET question papers in regional languages were more difficult than the corresponding question papers in Hindi and English.