Candidates aged 25 years and above can appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET for admissions to undergraduate medical courses for the year 2019, the Supreme Court said in an interim order
The top court has directed the National Testing agency which conducts the examination to extend the deadline for accepting the application forms by a week to enable the age-barred students to take the entrance test.
However, their admission to the courses will be based on the final ruling by the top court presently hearing petitions challenging the upper age limit for taking the test fixed at 25 years for general category students.
The petitioners moved the Supreme Court after Delhi High Court dismissed their plea, challenging the decision to lay down the upper age limit 25 years and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively for the entrance test for ungraduated medical courses, MBBS and BDS
In January, the top court had agreed to examine the validity of an amendment to the Medical Council of India (MCI) Regulations on Graduate Medical Education of 1997 fixing the age limit.
The MCI oversees the medical education in the country. The Delhi High Court had on May 11 upheld the new regulation by the MCI, saying that a 17- or 18-year-old candidate will find it difficult to compete with older and more experienced candidates.
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