New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it is willing to hear the plea of states in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) confusion prevailing across the country, thereby putting at risk the careers of over 10 lakh students in the country.

Several states, including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, had opposed the idea of a common entrance test and had argued before the top court asking for the singular, centralised test, NEET, to be deferred this year.

The apex court in this regard had put forth the question to the Centre demanding an answer on whether the States can hold their own exams.

The Government had, in 2012, introduced NEET for medical admissions. The test was initially proposed to take place from 2012 onwards but was deferred by a year by CBSE and the Medical Council of India after stern opposition from various states and private colleges.

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