The Bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy and C.T. Ravikumar held, “The relief claimed is to quash the public notice issued scheduling NEET UG 2021 on September 12.
The petitioners sought re-scheduling of NEET UG21 to any date after September 25, which was denied by the Supreme Court.
The petitioners submitted that the biggest sufferers of the exam being conducted amid such hectic schedule are the applicants for NEET UG 21 as it’s a national exam held only once a year, with each mark being relevant to determine the career path of the applicants.
The petitioner further sought indulgence of the apex court on the following grounds:-
- The National Testing Agency failed to take into consideration the relevant material and arbitrarily decided to schedule the NEET UG 2021 on September 12 and the said decision-making is manifestly arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.
- The Information bulletin released by the agency in March, 2021 stated that the pattern will be of Multiple Choice Questions of 50 questions each for Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology for a total of 180 questions and 720 Marks. Whereas, in July 2021, it was intimated that a total of 200 question and 720 Marks will be the pattern of NEET UG21. The sudden change in the exam pattern just prior to 2 months before exam has caused stress among students as they need some more time to adapt to the new exam pattern.
- Covid-19 second wave impacted many people across the country. Many applicants were infected and needed more time to prepare for an exam like NEET UG21.
- Many students are below the age of 18 years and they are not being vaccinated yet.