CBSE declared the result for the NEET 2017 exam on June 23 and out of eight transgender candidates who appeared in the exam five successfully qualified the exam. A senior official from CBSE told Press Trust of India that this year eight transgender had applied for the exam and five successfully qualified it. CBSE declared the results for the NEET 2017 exam after the apex court paved the way for the same by over-ruling the Madras High Court's order.
In last year's NEET 1 and NEET 2, 3 transgender candidates out of registered 8 cleared the exam.
In the landmark judgment passed by the apex court in April 2014, it created a third gender status for the transgender community. Justice KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri granted legal recognition to the transgender as 'third gender' and directed the stat government to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes and provide them reservation in admissions to educational institutes and in jobs.
Before this transgender candidates were forced to write male or female against their gender options on application forms.
More than 10 lakh students appeared for the NEET 2017 exam out of which 611539 cleared the exam successfully which was conducted by the CBSE on May 7.