New Delhi, August 10: The Supreme Court on Thursday rapped the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for setting different questions for students taking National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) in regional languages. The apex court has observed that there should be a common question paper for all NEET examinations.

Hearing a plea filed by the students, who had alleged that the regional language NEET question papers were difficult than the English and Hindi papers, the Supreme Court said that the board will have to file an affidavit informing the court that what mechanism are they going to opt for conducting NEET exam from next year.

In the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, Members of the Trinamool Congress and AIADMK in the Rajya Sabha expressed grave concern over the issue of different questions papers being given to students attempting the common medical entrance examination in regional languages in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadeker had announced that question papers of NEET 2018 will be similar in all languages. He had announced that in 2018, the vernacular papers of NEET will be a mere translation of the question paper in English.

“The vernacular question papers for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) the all-India entrance examination for entrance to medical colleges will just be a translation of the question paper in English”, Javadekar had said.

This year, around 10.5 lakh aspirants had given the test in either English or Hindi while 1.30 lakh-1.50 lakh candidates had opted for regional languages.

With inputs from Agencies