In a welcome development for the nearly 6.11 lakh candidates who have cleared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017, the Supreme Court has refused to nullify the exam. The court observed that careers of so many students are at stake, which is why the results cannot be nullified. The court said that it would be very difficult to implement such an order. The petitioners had demanded that the exam be nullified and a fresh exam be conducted in its place. However, the bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar said, “We cannot pass an interim order like this. The admission process must continue.”
The petitioners had argued that there were different sets of questions papers, which makes it impractical to create an all-India ranking. However, CBSE solicitor Maninder Singh said that the questions largely had the same level of difficulty, based on which an all-India ranking is possible. He also said that the different sets of questions were created to prevent leakage of question papers.