Now MBBS seats will be available only for serious aspirants as it has been decided that candidates can now appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) only thrice till they are 25 years old.
Those who cross 25 years will lose the eligibility to write the exam. The objective of this new rule seems to discourage the plenty of non-serious applicants who keep trying their luck at the examination.
The ideas were agreed upon during a University Grants Commission (UGC) meeting in Delhi for the interested candidates to follow a new age criterion if they wish to appear in the medical and dental exam.
The minimum age to appear for NEET is 17 years. Now the maximum age for open category students is 25 years. It is however relaxed for reserved category students for up to 30 years.
Till now, there was never an age limit or attempts limit for candidates to take NEET. "This is a good decision," Dr Pravin Shingare, director at the Maharashtra directorate of medical education and research (DMER), was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
According to Shingare, the NEET information brochures contain this information and will be distributed soon.
NEET stands for National Entrance Eligibility Test. It is an entrance examination to screen undergraduate medical aspirants into private and government colleges for admission.
It was formulated in order to bring in a common entrance exam for the undergraduate medical courses. After a lot of legal arguments, NEET succesfully came into force on April 2016 replacing All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT)