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No Urdu in NEET 2017, Exam to be held in 10 Languages

Last Updated - March 31, 2017

NEET 2017 Latest Update (February 24, 2017): Supreme Court refused to hear the matter to add Urdu as a language in NEET 2017. The SIO (Students Islamic Organisation of India) had filed the petition on February 17, 2017 is rejected by the Chief Justice of India, JK Khehkar, and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul.

The petition argued that the Urdu language should also be included in the list of languages in which NEET 2017 is to be held. As its exclusion is unfair towards many of the candidates who complete their schooling in the Urdu medium. As per the official notification by CBSE, NEET 2017 will be held only in 10 languages: Hindi, English, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati and Kannada.

Oriya and Kannada languages were also introduced as options by this year, bringing the total number of languages in which NEET will be held to 10. According to SIO, Urdu is the 6th most spoken language in the country and it deserves to be on the list. There will be a number of candidates opting for it as compared to Gujarati, Assamese, Oriya and Kannada.

NEET 2017 to be conducted in 10 languages

NEET 2017 is now the single entrance exam conducted by CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges across the country. The Applications from eligible candidates are invited at cbseneet.nic.in.

The last date to apply for NEET 2017 is March 01, 2017 and the exam is scheduled on May 07, 2017. NEET 2017 not conducting in the Urdu language leaves such candidates with no other option to pursue medical education in India, the petition claimed.

National Secretary of SIO, Syed Azharuddin, alleged that the exclusion of Urdu from NEET appears to be a case of “selective discrimination of particular language by the ministry even after several representations”. He also pointed out that this would be “highly detrimental to students across the country who have their school education in the Urdu language and suddenly challenged with having to either appear in language which they did not undertake their secondary education in or not appear at all.”

The exam has been afflicted with numerous controversies ever since the CBSE issued its official notification on January 31, 2017, with criteria on the maximum number of attempts being rolled back after protests and a petition challenging the new age limit criteria already pending in the Supreme Court.

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