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NEET : Gujarat lad tops, Odisha boy 2nd
NEW DELHI : Het Shah
from Nadiad in Gujarat topped the National Eligibility
cum Entrance Test (NEET), the results of which were
declared by the CBSE on August 16.
In all, 409, 477 candidates out of a total of 802,594
have qualified the NEET I and II exams while 19,325 have
qualified in the top 15 per cent. Shah topped the exam
scoring 685 out of 720, followed by Ekansh Goyal of
Rourkela with 685.
NEET-I and NEET-II were conducted on May 1, 2016 and
July 24, 2016 respectively. Of the 15 per cent qualified
candidates, 11,058 are male, 8,266 are female and one is
According to the results 56 per cent of the students
have qualified for MBBS admissions for the 2016-17
Category-wise, 1,71,329 unreserved students have become
eligible for medical undergraduate admissions, 1,75,226
OBC students have qualified; 47,183 Scheduled Caste and
15,710 Scheduled Tribe students have qualified.
Qualifiers are students who secured the percentiles MCI
specified for MBBS admission eligibility in different
Girls outnumbered boys among qualifiers as out of
4,09,477 eligible for MBBS admissions, 2, 26,049 are
girls and 1,83,424 are boys.
The qualifying percentile for MBBS students in
unreserved category this year is 50th. OBC, SC and ST
students who have secured 40th percentile have qualified
and physically handicapped (unreserved) who secured 45th
percentile are eligible for admission.
For 15 per cent central quota seats in all state
government medical colleges, 19, 325 students have
qualified as per NEET scoreboard. India has 52,000 MBBS
seats in 412 colleges and 15 per cent of these (nearly
4,000) are set aside as central quota MBBS seats to be
filled exclusively on NEET merit. Except Andhra, Jammu
and Kashmir and Telangana which haven’t surrendered any
central quota seats, 15 per cent quota seats exists in
all state government colleges. All private medical
colleges (except on their state government quota seats)
will have to admit students through NEET merit which
won’t apply to states this year, unless the state
concerned chooses to use it.
Sayyam Bhardwaj, CBSE’s Officer on Special Duty for
NEET, said, “For 15 per cent central quota seats,
Director General Health Services will hold counselling
for which a programme has been uploaded on the Ministry
of Health website. For state seats, students can get in
touch with the respective state institutions which will
get in touch with us to generate the state -level merit
list for admissions and counselling.”
Asked how CBSE calculated results, Bhardwaj said the
board went according to the advice of the Supreme
Court-appointed Oversight Committee.
Results are available at
Engineering loses lure as students opt
NEW DELHI : The number
of candidates taking the joint entrance examination (JEE)
for engineering institutes has dipped over the past two
consecutive years, says a news report published in
The Hindustan Times on August 8.
It said that the candidates who took the JEE dropped by
27,000 this April from last year, and by 56,000 in 2015
when compared to the preceding year.
More than a million students take the two-part test
every year and the number of aspirants has risen by
20,000 to 30,000 every year since 2008.
But academics say the real story is not in the absolute
numbers — which form a small chunk of the total IIT
aspirants — but in the broader trend that mirrors a
shift in social attitudes.
Younger generations are unwilling to follow their
parent’s example and enrol in an engineering course,
long considered a safe bet for an aspiring middle class,
they say. Fewer cushy engineering jobs have dissuaded
“More parents and students are now willing to experiment
rather than take the traditional route,” said Lata
Vaidyanathan, former principal of Delhi’s Modern School,
The sliding numbers have alarmed the human resource
development ministry, which is set to discuss the matter
at a meeting with the IIT council next month, officials
The idea is also to assess if the trend mirrored a
decreasing interest in science as is evident at the
school level, they added.
Official data on enrolment in Indian schools show more
Class 11 students opting for humanities as the demand
for pure sciences drops. This, academics say, is because
more people want to study subjects such as Economics and
Mathematics — available under the humanities umbrella.
“Students who want to do an MBA later don’t want to
waste an additional year doing engineering. They can do
Economics honours or anything else,” Vaidyanathan said.
“Students are more creative today. They have greater
entrepreneur skills; it reflects in the choices they
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of
Management-Calcutta told HT he graduated from the Delhi
College of Engineering before doing an MBA. “In
hindsight, I would have rather done an honours course in
Economics and then MBA. It would have saved me a year,”
Coaching institutes said the dip was because of falling
standards of education in India, which produces 800,000
engineering graduates annually from 3,000-odd registered
“Engineers are not getting good jobs as earlier. There
has been a reduction in the number of students coming
here,” said Naveen Maheshwari, director of Allen
Institute in southeast Rajasthan’s Kota — a popular
coaching destination for competitive exam preparations.
But the IIT Council that is responsible for all Indian
Institutes of Technology dismissed the speculation.
“There are almost 1.3 million students who sit for this
exam; so the dip is not significant at all,” said Ashok
Misra, chairman of the standing committee of the IIT
Council. “Also, we have local colleges and students
might be opting for that. All the same, it is good if
more students are opting for humanities.”
The JEE has been conducted in two stages — Main and
Advanced — since 2012. The JEE (Main) is the qualifying
exam for admissions to centrally-funded technical
institutions such as National Institutes of Technology,
Indian Institutes of Information Technology and
institutions in the participating states.
Of those taking JEE (Main), the top 150,000 to 200,000
are short-listed for the JEE (Advanced) for admissions
in IITs. Till 2012, the All India Engineering Entrance
Examination and IIT-JEE were conducted as separate
exams. The new system for admissions in engineering
courses came in place in 2013. (Courtesy : The
One agency for all higher edu
By Our Correspondent
LUCKNOW : The Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD) has set up a task force to
prepare a blueprint for a national agency to conduct
various entrance examinations and recruitment tests
in the country.
The eight-member task force will be headed by former
IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Dhandhe.
The Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary
Education, and one representative each from the
University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India
Institute of Technical Education (AICTE) will be
among the members of the panel, among others.
The proposal to set up a National Testing Agency (NTA)
is yet another ambitious move by the Centre to push
its “one nation, one test” agenda to relieve
students from the burden of facing multiple entrance
tests, even as MHRD assures that the new system will
not be imposed on any institution.
According to the MHRD proposal, NTA's basic mandate
will be to conduct efficient, transparent tests of
international standards in order to assess the
competency of candidates for admission to colleges
and professional institutes of higher learning,
including engineering, medicine and management.
The proposal also seeks to hold nationwide tests for
the purpose of recruitment in various government
departments and granting scholarships in future.
“The task force set up to prepare the blueprint will
suggest ways and means of setting up such an
internationally-benchmarked testing and assessment
agency. It will also suggest parameters to
standardise all the major tests, including the Joint
Entrance Examination (JEE), conducted in the
country,” a HRD Ministry official said on July 12.
The idea of setting up a National Testing Agency has
been under the consideration of the ministry for
several years. When Kapil Sibal was the HRD
minister, he had wanted to set up the NTA by an Act
of Parliament to make it a statutory body.
The ministry, however, later dropped the idea of
setting up such a body in view of its experiences
with its various key legislations, which have been
pending for passage in Parliament for a long time.
The ministry now plans to set up the proposed agency
by an executive order. The proposal to set up NTA
got approval of the Central Advisory Board on
Education (CABE) in its last meeting.
Telangana to hold Eamcet-3 on Sept 11
From Navin Mishra
HYDERABAD : Telangana government has announced that
it would hold Eamcet-3 on September 11, a Sunday.
The government announcement which came on August 2 said
following directions from the Chief Minister, Eamcet-2
convener N. Ramana Rao was replaced by the Registrar of
JNTU, Hyderabad Prof. N. Yadaiah.
Chancellor, A. Venugopal Reddy will be the Chairman of
Like before, the timings of the Eamcet-3 will be from 10
am to 1 pm.
Prof. Yadaiah, the new convener has prior experience of conducting
entrance exams. He has been the convener for ECET
entrance — for polytechnic diploma students to get
lateral entry into engineering colleges.
According to a press release from the TSCHE, the
schedule will be announced after the CET (Common
Entrance Test) committee meeting. Sources said that the
meeting would likely be held on August 6.
According to sources the government is grappling with the
technico-legal problem of
allowing the Eamcet-2 leak accused to sit for Eamcet-3.
The accused cannot be denied a change because the
charges against them have yet not been proved in a court
of law. If denied a chance they may move the court and
thereby upset the re-exam schedule.
“It means, technically we cannot deny them an
opportunity to appear for the exam or give admission if
they secure a good rank,” an official explained.
Earlier On July 29 Telangana state government cancelled
Eamcet-2 following a high-level meeting held here under
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at his camp office.
The decision was taken by the Chief Minister after a
four-hour-long meeting with ministers and officials from
higher education, law, police and intelligence
An agitated chief minister summoned the officials
after the CID investigation confirmed that the question
papers were leaked days before the exam. In all, 138
students were suspected to have benefited from the paper
Deputy CM Kadiam Srihari, ministers C. Laxma Reddy,
Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, chief secretary Rajiv Sharma,
DGP Anurag Sharma and Intelligence IG Shivadhar Reddy,
CID chief Satyanarayana, law secretary Santhosh Reddy
and other officials were present.
Nearly 56,000 students, including 18,000 from Andhra
Pradesh, appeared for the test on July 9.
According to a press note released by the CID, two
sets of question papers were given to students in
advance. Camps were set up in at least five cities two
to three days prior to the exam and the students were
made to practice the two question papers and their
The CID said that it has identified a few brokers
and sub-brokers belonging to Hyderabad, Bengaluru and
other places, including Andhra Pradesh who were involved
with the leak. Two persons from Hyderabad have been
SC damns govt for NEET order but refuses to stay
By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On July 14 the three judge Supreme Court
bench hearing the
Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) case criticised the
NEET ordinance calling it "disturbing,
unwarranted and not proper" but refused to stay it in
the interest of the students.
The bench, comprising
Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, Justice A R Dave and Justice
Adarsh K Goel said that staying
ordinance at this stage would trigger chaos as lakhs of
students across 17 States have already written exams in
their respective States.
The ordinance, called
the Indian Medical Council
(Amendment) Ordinance 2016
issued by the government on May 24, 2016
allowed States to conduct their own common entrance
exams for admission to MBBS and BDS seats in government
colleges despite the Supreme Court order on
May 9, 2016
that only NEET would prevail.
"Prime facie, we found that the validity of
the ordinance is in doubt. Since 50% of the states (17)
had already held their examinations, we do not grant any
relief," the bench said.
The court said it favoured a single common entrance
test for all medical colleges in order to bring
uniformity in the examination in the interest of
students and for maintaining a minimum standard.
In a strong comment on medical colleges admitting
students after taking money, Justice Dave said, "What to
talk about the middle class. It is even impossible for
upper middle class candidates to get admission in
medical colleges. Think of it..if you and I have to be
treated by a doctor who paid Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore
NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust and Anand Rai, who
claimed to be Madhya Pradesh's Vyapam scam
whistleblower, sought a stay on the May 24 ordinance
that allowed states to conduct their own exams for
academic session 2016-17.
Opposing the prayer Attorney General Mukul
Rohatgi submitted that the NEET was mooted in the
Medical Council of India regulations as part of the
subordinate legislation and the government had power to
regulate it. Countering petitioner's plea, he said it
would affect lakhs of students, if the ordinance was
May 9 order was passed despite objections from
several States and private medical colleges that they
have their own exams and many are underway or about to
begin. The court simply had asked then to fall in line.
Expressing its displeasure the bench said : “Your
move to bring this ordinance despite our order was not
proper. It was unwarranted. It should not have happened.
When the court said ‘no’ to State exams, you disregard
us and issued an ordinance for State exams... Did you
not think about the confusion it would cause to the
children? After all these are our children,” Justice
Dave told Attorney-General.
Mr. Rohatgi said that the ordinance was not meant as an
affront to the Supreme Court’s authority.
He said the ordinance merely opened an “option” for
States to either opt for NEET or conduct their exams
exclusively for State seats for the current academic
No NEET style exam for engg stream : AICTE chief
NEW DELHI : On June 7 the Chairman
of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
ruled out any common entrance test for engineering seats
in the country.
AICTE chief Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe told reporters
in Bangalore that though there was “thinking” on the
lines, nothing concrete can be expected even next
“Right now, there is no proposal (for a
common entrance exam). The thinking is there, but it
won’t be any time soon,” he told reporters at the 51st
annual convocation of Bangalore University (BU).
Pointing out that some States were already using
Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)
Mains scores to pick students for
their colleges he said that the implementation of one
exam for the whole country would require an “alignment
in syllabus,” without which students of the State
syllabus would be at a disadvantage.
Elaborating on employment for students, which comprised
much of his convocation address, Mr. Sahasrabudhe also
revealed that the AICTE would be launching a ‘start-up
policy’ within two months, which colleges across the
country could adopt on a voluntary basis.
“It is a big myth that the large industries have more
jobs. It is actually the start-ups and small and medium
scale industries that have a large number of jobs. We
will give a framework to colleges,” he said.
What this could mean for students is a possibility of
getting credits for projects that would otherwise not
fetch them anything, the AICTE chairman added.
On some companies delaying recruiting students even two
years after giving them offer letters, the AICTE
chairman emphasised the need to ensure students met the
standards to get recruited. "There is a need to
regularly update the syllabus," he said.
NEET : SC to consider plea for regional
By Academics-India news desk
NEW DELHI : On May 10 the Supreme Court said it
would consider Central government's request to permit
the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to be
conducted in July this year in six vernacular languages
other than English and Hindi.
The government request came a day after the
three-judge bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave had
refused to allow states or private medical colleges to
admit students in their respective colleges on the basis
of their own common entrance tests.
On May 10 Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar submitted
before the bench a request seeking permission to
hold NEET in vernacular languages as well.
His submission was that NEET-2 be allowed in six
regional languages : Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Assamese,
Bengali and Gujarati as a large
number of students of State boards will take the
He said in 2013 when NEET was first held, exam was held
in these six languages other than English and Hindi and
the court on its own included Urdu as well. The same
arrangement can be considered for this year, he said.
Counsel for States and other colleges submitted that if
the court was to modify May 9 order, it should
hear everyone. Justice Dave said the court will consider
he request and pass appropriate orders.
Notably, the court has not prohibited the CBSE, the
examination conducting body, to consider the issue of preparing
question paper in vernacular languages.
Meanwhile, the Medical Council of India also mentioned
before the court seeking modification of the
Constitution bench decision for setting up an oversight
committee headed by former Chief Justice of India
Justice R M Lodha over the regulatory body.
is back, SC bench scraps earlier judgement
By Rajiv Shukla
NEW DELHI : In a landmark move the Supreme Court of
India on April 11 recalled its one of the most
controversial judgements --
case judgement -- and ordered that "the
case be heard afresh".
The case, called
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)
case was delivered on July 18, 2013 by the Chief Justice
of India Altamas Kabir a day
before he was to retire, giving ample relief to private
medical colleges. Some
private medical colleges had challenged the Medical
Council of India and Dental Council of India regulations
on admissions to medical and dental college -- and the
relief allowed them to have their way in the matter of
recall of the judgement
status quo ante has been restored and the MCI has
been told to organise a combined all-India admission
test for private and government medical colleges.
However, the MCI vice-chairman Dr C V
Bhirmanandham has expressed his inability to hold the
all-India test this year because of paucity of time and
this may allow the private players to have their way
this year as well.
Hearing the review petitions on April 11
the Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by
Justice A R Dave and comprising Justices A K Sikri, R K
Agrawal, A K Goel and R Banumathi recalled the
dated July 18, 2013 which had quashed NEET.
It said the “majority verdict“ delivered by then Chief
Justice Altamas Kabir did not consider an earlier SC
judgment that was binding on the bench, nor had he
consulted other members of his bench.
Incidentally Justice A R Dave, who headed
the 5-judge Constitution bench that recalled the earlier
order had given a dissenting verdict in the NEET case.
In his April 11 order he specified that he was not
consulted by the then CJI
The April 11 order comes just a month
before separate entrance tests are to be held for
government and private medical colleges, putting lakhs
of students in confusion. There are over 400 medical
colleges in the country and lakhs of students sit for
admission tests for over 52,000 MBBS seats. Since 2013,
state governments and private colleges have conducted
separate examinations for these.
Monday's order leaves Medical Council of India with the
onerous task of conducting the NEET at a short notice as
students have already filled in forms for several
judgment reviving the NEET
was pronounced in open court, stunned lawyers appearing
for private colleges, pleaded that the SC clarify the
consequences. The bench replied that “natural
consequence“ was that NEET comes into force. It said the
court would give a fresh hearing on constitutional
validity of NEET but in the meantime, the exam will be
restored. The lawyers then pleaded that the MCI's
notification to bring NEET back be stayed till its
validity was decided afresh and said that in 2013, too,
an interim stay was given. The bench, however, rejected
the plea saying the interim order was only for one
academic session and it could not continue.
“After giving our thoughtful and due
consideration, we are of the view that the judgment
delivered in Christian Medical College needs
reconsideration,“ the bench said.
Recalling earlier order the Constitution
bench allowed review petitions by the Union government
and the Medical Council of India (MCI) against the July
18, 2013, verdict and restored the NEET 2011
“The NEET regulations are restored and MCI can conduct
the examinations pending the fresh judgement,” the order
According to the 2011 notification, the
CBSE was to conduct the tests for admission to MBBS and
BDS courses and the National Board of Examination for
the PG programmes.
The 2013 verdict
The 2013 verdict had created a buzz in
the apex court corridors as an advocate had posted the
outcome on a social networking site in advance. However,
Justice Kabir had reportedly said he was not aware of
the leak of the judgment.
While Justice Vikramjit Sen (since retired) had shared
the views and findings of Justice Kabir against the
NEET, Justice Dave had in his dissenting verdict said
that the three judges "had no discussion on the subject
due to paucity of time". Justice Dave had stressed that
this was not the normal practice.
Justice Dave had written in 2013 that
“one of the main considerations of having one common
entrance test conducted by the Medical Council of India
is to check the malaise of money-making business in the
admission process by selling their seats for crores,
which has been going on for the last so many years in
The Christian Medical College, Vellore;
the States of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu; several
associations of private medical colleges; DD Medical
College and DD Hospital, Tamil Nadu; and various private
medical colleges had filed petitions in High Courts and
obtained an interim stay on the applicability of the
NEET on them. On the MCI’s petitions, these cases were
transferred to the Supreme Court.
Misra panel suggests key changes in JEE main
By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : An expert committee of the Union
HRD Ministry has suggested an online aptitude test, held
more than once a year, by a National Testing Service
(NTS), instead of the current JEE Main conducted by the
CBSE, a ministry announcement said on November 7.
Those who qualify the NTS aptitude test will be eligible
to write the JEE. Admission to both IITs and NITs will
be based on the results in the JEE, the ministry said.
The changes, according to the ministry, will come into
effect only from 2017 or 2018 and till then the existing
system will continue, allowing 40 per cent weightage for
12th marks. However, instead of 1.5 lakh students, now
two lakh will qualify from JEE Main for JEE Advanced.
"The government has decided to place the recommendations
of the report in the public domain for widespread
consultation with the stakeholders. Since this process
would take some time, it was decided that the JEE 2016
shall be conducted in the same manner as in 2015," it
The ministry had appointed a committee led by IIT
Roorkee chairman Prof. Ashok Misra to suggest changes to
the IITs and NIT admission system. It submitted its
report to the MHRD on November 5 suggesting setting up
of NTS by early 2016 to conduct an Aptitude Test on the
lines of SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) conducted in the
"The aptitude test may be offered two or more times in a
year and would be an online test. The testing shall test
the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed through
coaching. Based on this performance, about 4 lakh
candidates shall be shortlisted for taking the JEE," the
panel suggested. "The JEE itself will be on the lines of
the current JEE (Advanced) ," it added.
1. Major changes in the structure of JEE be effected
from 2017 onwards:
• A National Testing Service shall be set up by early
2016, mandated to conduct an Aptitude Test, which should
test the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking
ability. The Aptitude test may be offered 2 or more
times in a year and would be an online test. The testing
shall test the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed
• Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates
shall be short-listed for taking the JEE.
• The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE
(Advanced) and designed to test the knowledge in
Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and will be
conducted by the IITs.
• From this, ranks will be issued to 40,000+ students
who can seek admission in IITs and NITs based on a
• The IITs be requested to set up a system for
developing mock JEE examinations which will help
students prepare for the JEE significantly and wean them
away from the coaching industry. The possibility of
using the MOOCS platform can also be explored.
• MHRD may take measures for the improvement of school
education and the method of examination of the Boards,
so that students with the Science aptitude are well
prepared in the concepts by the time they reach 12th
grade, without dependence on coaching institutions.
2. Till such time, that is for 2016 and 2017, the
practice of two tier JEE examination shall be continued.
• The top 200,000 students from JEE (Main) shall be
allowed to appear in JEE (Advanced).
• More than 40,000 ranks will be issued in JEE
(Advanced) for developing a better system for selection
• Joint counselling for IITs and NITs shall be continued
as was done last year.
3. Board marks shall not to be counted for giving
rankings this year for NITs, CFTIs etc.
The Government has decided to place the
recommendations of the Report in the public domain for
widespread consultation with the stakeholders.
Since this process would take some time, it was decided
that the JEE 2016 shall be conducted in the same manner
as 2015, with an enhanced intake from 1.5 lakh to two
lakh into the JEE (Advanced) stage. The weightage given
to Board marks in JEE (Main) would continue for the year