Cabinet clears special order to postpone central medical exam, NEET, by a year


The central government on Friday approved promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for one academic year.


The executive order, according to PTI, is aimed at “partially” overturning a Supreme Court verdict which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

The decision came on the day Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, wrote to Prime Minister Modi requesting him not to bring any ordinance to overturn SC order on NEET.

He said, “I sincerely urge Modi ji not to bring any ordinance to overturn SC order on NEET. Wrote this letter to Hon’ble PM.”

The next phase of the exam is scheduled for 24 July.

Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already sat for the first phase of NEET held on May 1.

Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24.

They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from next academic session, government sources clarified.

The exam will be applicable for those applying for Central government and private medical colleges.

The states flagged various issues in the health ministers conference recently, including problems related to language and syllabus for students. They said the students affiliated to state boards will find it tough to appear for the uniform test as early as July.

Health Minister J P Nadda is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to explain him about the need for the ordinance.