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Must Ensure Sufficiency in Test Centres and Convenience To Students: Madras High Court

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On 23/03/2021, the Madras High Court decided the case on providing more examination centres and seats in the State for (NEET-PG 2021). 

Facts of the case

The Petitioner, a Lawyer filed a petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. He prayed for the issue of Mandamus for providing more examination centres and seats. All the seats allotted were full within few hours. The seats were full on a first-come-first-served basis in the State of Tamil Nadu for NEET-PG 2021. As per the Petitioner, many candidates had to seek seats available in other States. Due to the second wave of the pandemic, the petitioner requests an increase in the number of seats.


The petitioner argued that all the seats allotted to the State were full within hours of opening. The seats got full on a first-come-first-served basis. Many candidates had to seek seats available in other States to appear in the examination. The petitioner requested for provision of more seats and centres. Further, he says that it will be inappropriate to seek seats in other states. This is after considering the second wave of Pandemic.

The respondents claimed that in the online booking seats, there is an option. If a candidate is unable to get a seat in his city/town, authorities make efforts to allocate a seat to the candidate at his option. This seat will be nearest to his home or town within the State.

Court’s Observations

The Court observed that it is late to take into cognizance in the matter. Court’s interference would confuse an already troubled system. 

Court’s Decision 

The Court requested to address the issue in future examinations. This must be by ensuring that more than necessary seats are available in cities and towns in the State. The candidates can enjoy the convenience. The petition was thus disposed of. 

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