The court ruling on Wednesday, however, is likely to add to the confusion among students who appeared for the test. They wanted the examination to be cancelled and conducted in a uniform manner again.
Madurai bench of Madras HC granted an interim stay on release of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG examination results which is scheduled to be declared on June 8.
The court pronounced a stay on the case filed by a petitioner named Shakti Malarkodi who sat for the exam. According to the plea, an aspiring medical student's (Shakti) mother contended that the examination breached the students' right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution. Since the order on this petition is impending, the Court has directed the CBSE to not release the results yet.
In two petitions, S Jonila of Madurai, represented by her father, and nine others, said with the SC nod, Medical Council of India (MCI) conducted the NEET-UG exam in nine Indian languages, including Hindi and Tamil along with English across the country on May 7. The petitioner submitted that selection under NEET would not amount to testing equal skills.
Students had also said while they expected that there would be multiple sets of question papers (which means that the sequence of questions is different but the questions remain the same), they did not expect an altogether different paper across languages.
She submitted though the test was conducted across India in all major languages, including Tamil, English and Hindi, the question paper in English was based on the CBSE syllabus, whereas the one in Tamil was based on the state syllabus.
In an interim order on a petition challenging the conduct of NEET exam on May 7, the Madurai bench restrained the CBSE from announcing the results till final orders were passed on the petition challenging the entrance examination.