The honorable Supreme Court has expressed its dissatisfaction to CBSE who conducted NEET 2017 for setting different question papers for candidates appeared for NEET 2017 in regional languages. However, The court refused to accept that the difficulty level of questions set in regional and English languages was different, and announced that the NEET 2017 results will not be nullified.
The court also directed CBSE, to set a common question paper in all eight approved regional languages from NEET 2018 onwards and directed CBSE to file an affidavit describing the procedure it will undergo for setting a common question paper from NEET 2018 onwards.
A petition filed in the Madras High Court sparked the entire controversy which stated that “question paper of NEET 2017 for all candidates opted for English or Hindi language was common. However, the question paper in all other eight regional languages was different with the higher level of difficulty”. The petitioner had also argued that there should be a common question paper for every student.
Going through the petition, the Madras High Court ordered a stay on the declaration of NEET 2017 results. The stay was uplifted by the Supreme Court to ensure the timely admissions to the UG courses based on NEET 2017 ranks.