NEET aspirants who could not appear for exam due to COVID-19 restrictions, can take the exam on October 14: Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court on Monday, allowed NEET exam to be conducted on October 14 for students who could not appear for the exam on September 13 due to COVID-19 or due to being stuck in containment zones.

    The Bench of CJI SA Bobde with Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian was hearing a PIL filed by the CBSE.

    Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, had informed the Court that results for NEET are scheduled to be declared on October 16.

    The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2020) was conducted on September 13 by the National Testing Agency (NTA), after the Supreme Court dismissed a bunch of petitions filed seeking the postponement of its conduct on account of safety and logistical concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The first batch of such petitions were dismissed on August 17. A review petition, urging the Court to reconsider the accuracy of its August 17 ruling was also later dismissed.

    On September 9, the Supreme Court dismissed fresh petitions to reconsider the conduct of the medical entrance exam in view of rising COVID-19 cases.

    The National Testing Agency, the organization that conducts the medical entrance exam, said that about 88 percent of the 15.97 lakh candidates who had registered for the exam took the test.

    As per the Standard Operating Procedure, candidates who were infected with COVID-19 or hailing from containment zones were not permitted to appear.