CBSE had announced its decision of not allowing NIOS students to appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test from this year onwards. Now, the council has come up with another major decision of allowing students above 25 years of age to apply for NEET 2018.
The court for now has put a hold on CBSE’s capping limit of age to 25 years and the decision is still pending. The final hearing however, is expected to be on 6th April, 2018 and till then all the applicants will be allowed to fill the forms irrespective of the age bar which previously existed. The last date for submissions of applications is 9th March and the exam will be conducted in May, 2018. Students above 25 are also allowed to fill the application forms for now but whether they would get to appear in NEET 2018 or not would depend on the final judgment in April.
CBSE which is the conducting authority for NEET had earlier fixed an age limit of 25 for the general category and 30 years for the reservation categories. However, as per the recent interim order passed by the Delhi high court, the eligibility criteria have been revised and the candidates aged above 25 in general category can also apply for the exam.
Last year , CBSE had introduced an upper age cap limit in NEET 2017 of 25 years for general and an additional 5 i.e., 30 years for the SC/ST/OBC students. This was welcomed with protests by students who were of the view that there should be no upper age limit cap on studying medical courses. However, Supreme Court had passed a judgment that students above 25 would be allowed to appear for this examination. The decision was taken into account considering the plea of students, especially the ones from rural background who relatively need more time in preparation and cannot appear for NEET just because of age cap.
NEET 2018 official notification was released in February and grabbed attention of everyone as they again re introduced the controversial upper age limit which they had tried implementing in 2017. As per TOI reports, a group of 10 students from various states across India, all aged above 25 had revolted again CBSE’s decision of setting an age limit for appearing to the exam. The students then moved to high court and the latest interim order passed by the Delhi High Court has allowed the aspirants apply for the examination, while the final verdict awaits.
Also, our country needs good doctors and we are facing their shortage so by putting an age limit on one of the biggest medical examination’s in the country like NEET, we are actually restricting so many aspirants from appearing to the exam who could prove to be good doctors in future. Keeping all these facts in mind Supreme Court had removed the upper age limit in 2017.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admission into medical courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and dental courses in India is scheduled to be conducted on May 6th, 2018.
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