Why do students want to postpone NEET-UG 2021 ? What is the SC final verdict ?

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NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, and gets conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). After successfully clearing the NEET examination, students can take admission in MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), BSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery), BUMS (Bachelor in Unani Medicine and Surgery), BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery), and BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery).


For the coming NEET-UG 2021 exams, a batch of students filed a petition on the Supreme Court of India for its postponement. From the petition filed in the Supreme Court of India to the posts on social media, many students have voiced their opinion in support to postpone NEET-UG 2021.   

For many this is to be very questionable that why these students want to postpone NEET exams. Let’s grab this up : 

Why do students want to postpone NEET ? 

A batch of students from across the country filed a petition seeking rescheduling of NEET-UG 2021 examination, as for the purpose, NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) entrance exam will be clashing with other exams on the scheduled date of September 12, 2021.                                                 With this, many students on twitter have also tweeted in support of the petition filed in the Supreme Court of India. For them too, the major question mark they are getting is to cope with many entrance exams clashing with NEET-UG 2021, during the second week of September like CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), MP (Madhya Pradesh) Improvement exam, ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), MHT CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test), Odisha JEE (Joint Entrance Examination), and many others.

As per the reports, more than 1400 students had signed a petition for postponement of the NEET-UG 2021 and this got heated by a bench of Judges headed by A.M Khanwilkar.

Here you can find a list of exams scheduled to be conducted on September, 2021 : 

  • CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) Improvement exam : 25th August to 15th September, 2021
  • ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) AIEEA (All India Entrance Examination for Admission) UG : 7, 8, and 9th September, 2021
  • COMEDK (Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka) 2021 : 14th September, 2021 
  • COMEDK Uni gauge :14th September, 2021 
  • Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) : 6th to 18th September, 2021
  •  Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) : 4th to 10th September and 14th to 20th September, 2021

Having the schedule of many entrance exams, students want their voices to get heard by the Supreme Court of India, and thereby filed the petition for the postponement of the NEET-UG 2021. 

What is the Supreme Court final verdict on the petition filed for the postponement of the NEET-UG 2021 ?

The Supreme Court of India on Monday rejects the NEET-UG 2021 postponement plea. NEET-UG 2021 will be held as per the schedule on September 12, the Supreme Court said.                                                The Supreme Court of India dismissed the plea today for the postponement of NEET-UG 2021  by saying that “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can’t be deferred on a plea of few students.” With this a Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, and Justice CT Ravikumar added “We will not entertain this petition. We do not want uncertainty. Let the exam continue.”

NTA held on to its side reportedly told the Supreme Court of India that the non-declaration of the results (of CBSE Private, Compartment, and Patrachar exams for Class XII) won’t prevent medical aspirants from writing the NEET-UG exam as results are required only during the counseling session (as per the report of Jagran Josh). 

Last year too, a similar plea was filed before the court but the Supreme Court had dismissed it, saying the precious years of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.

As the Supreme Court of India dismissed the plea for the postponement of the NEET-UG 2021, the exam will be rescheduled to happen on 12 September, 2021.

Following you can find the timeline of NEET-UG 2021 examination :

Timeline of NEET-UG 2021 :

NEET-UG 2021 admit card availability – 9th September, 2021

Date of examination – 12th September, 2021

Date of result declaration – TBA 


Important points related to NEET-UG 2021 : 

  • NEET-UG 2021 examination will be conducted in the traditional pen and paper-based mode i.e., offline mode.
  • The duration of the examination is 3 hours.
  • NEET-UG 2021 question paper will consist of 180 questions and all will be multiple choice questions.
  • The question paper will be in 11 different languages as for the purpose of students opting from different parts of the country. 
  • The languages in which question paper will be available are : English, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Marathi, and Odia.
  • For NEET-UG 2021, negative marking is there. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will get deducted from the total score


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