Students older than 25 yrs can take NEET 2019: SC

November 30, 2018

Medical aspirants older than 25 years can appear for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate exam 2019 for MBBS and BDS, the Supreme Court ordered on Thursday. However, the final admission would be subject to the final outcome of the case on validity of CBSE decision to fix upper age limit.

While the last date for submitting forms were Friday, the apex court has extended the last date for submitting filled NEET forms by a week to enable aspirants who did not qualify under the earlier age criteria to apply.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had notified the upper age limit of 25 and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively to apply for (NEET)-UG, a pre-qualification for pursuing MBBS course.

The court had earlier agreed to examine the validity of an amendment to the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education of 1997 which had stipulated a similar upper age limit. The Delhi High Court had on May 11 upheld the regulation as it believed that a 17 or 18-year-old candidate will find it difficult to compete with older and more experienced candidates.

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