The Supreme Court has scrapped the age limit and allowed the medical aspirants above 25 years to sit for this year's National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to be held on May 7, 2017.
After a long wait, the Supreme Court has finally announced its verdict on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 age limit criteria today, March 31, 2017.
The Supreme Court has directed the CBSE, conducting body, to open the online portal from today evening so that all petitioners and non-petitioners can apply for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.
The last date to fill the NEET online application is by April 5, 2017.
"The judge recorded the submissions of all parties including MCI and petitioners and allowed the NEET aspirant to sit for the exam this year," said advocate Vaibhav Srivastava. Noted lawyers Indu Malhotra and Amarendra Sharan represented the students.
CBSE released the NEET 2017 notification where it introduced age and attempt cap. While it made NEET 2017 as the first attempt after the protest from students, the government stood firm on fixing maximum age to be 25 years.
Activist Dr. Anand Rai, who is supporting the students, said that with these criteria, students from the rural background will suffer. "A lot of students from the rural background will badly suffer if the government doesn't change its stand. Our nation is already facing a shortage of doctors. Fixing such criteria will discourage medical aspirants."
The examination is held for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in India in medical/dental colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the ministry of health and family welfare, except for the institutions established by an Act of Parliament i.e AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.