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NEET Counselling 2017: Supreme Court to hear plea on September 22

  September 19, 2017

Nearly 1,600 seats in medical and surgical courses are left vacant after the second round of counselling across the country.

The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to hear the plea seeking an additional third round of counselling on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scores.

According to reports, SC will hear plea filed by a doctor named Senthil Nathan on Friday, September 22.

Further, the matter would be discussed in front of a three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

Here's what the plea read:

Nearly 1,600 seats in medical and surgical courses are left vacant after the second round of counselling across the country. Dr Nathan recommended a third round of counselling to resolve this matter, as reported by IANS.

Controversy over NEET:

NEET has been a point of controversy ever since the Supreme Court ruled that all the medical and dental admissions across private and government colleges in the country would be done on the basis of the score in the all-India exam. This sparked wide protests across the country.

A brief about NEET:

NEET is conducted for admission into MBBS and BDS courses across the country. The exam consisted of 180 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). The duration of the exam was of three hours.

The counselling is being held for 15 per cent of the general category seats. In the first round of seat allotment, a candidate has to report to the allotted institute.

NEET results:

Meanwhile, the results of NEET 2017 were declared on June 23 on the official website, or

As per the reports, nearly 6.11 lakh candidates have cleared the exam and qualified.

This year, a total of 11, 38,890 students appeared for NEET, conducted in 10 different languages across 1,921 exam centres including 1,522 NRIs, 480 OCIs, 70 PIOs and 613 foreign students.

Further, Punjab's Navdeep Singh secured All India Rank (AIR) 1 rank by scoring 697 marks in the male category. Meanwhile, in the female category, Nikita Goyal emerged as topper from the same state.

About All India Quota Rank:

This is the rank for the purpose of all India quota seat allotment, after excluding candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir. As per directions of the Supreme Court, the candidates from these three states are not eligible to participate for 15 per cent all India quota counseling, according to NDTV.