The central government informed the Supreme Court that it would conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test in Urdu from 2018. Urdu will be included as one of the languages in NEET. The centre further clarified that it never opposed holding NEET in Urdu. It did not include Urdu in NEET 2017, due to the lack of time and feasibility. In April 2017, the Supreme Court of India directed CBSE to conduct NEET in the Urdu language. However, CBSE informed that it was difficult to include Urdu in NEET. Students Islamic Organisation or SIO filed a plea to include the language in the medical entrance exam in February 2017. With the submission made by the centre, the apex court disposed the appeal.
CBSE conducted NEET-UG 2017 examination in ten languages. From 2018, Urdu will be the 11th language. In the petition filed by SIO, it claimed that many students, particularly from Maharashtra, were pursuing education in Urdu medium. These students might face difficulty in understanding the question paper if they take NEET exam in English. Therefore, SIO filed a petition seeking inclusion of Urdu.
The medical admissions for the year 2017 are going to end in few days. The admissions under All India Quota seats will conclude on August 16, 2017. Medical Counselling Committee has declared the results of Round 2 seat allotment on August 8, 2017. The selected candidates must start reporting to institute.
This year, NEET examination also received criticism from a section of students who took the examination in Bengali and Gujarati languages. These students claimed that the vernacular language question papers were tougher than English and Hindi.