The Supreme Court today said that the entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-2017 will be held as per schedule through the single common entrance test National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on May 1 and July 24. Combined results of both the exams would be declared on August 17, 2016.
The apex court, which in the morning indicated that it will give an urgent hearing for modification of yesterday’s order, later said it was not going to have a bench for hearing it today.
The court said it will go into the issue of modification in due course after the parties file their applications in this regard.
The plea in this regard was mentioned by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi before a bench of Justices A R Dave and A K Goel.
The AG suggested that the order passed by the apex court yesterday had allowed holding of a two-phased single common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and PG courses through National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on May 1 and July 24 but there appear to be some genuine difficulties and there is a need for some change in the order.
He suggested that the first phase of NEET scheduled for May 1 be scrapped and all the students be allowed to take the exams on July 24.
The apex court had yesterday cleared the decks for the holding of NEET in two phases for the academic year 2016-17 in which around 6.5 lakh candidates are likely to appear.
It had approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1.
It had said those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given the opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.