A bench comprising justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Ashok Bhushan issued notices to the centre, the CBSE and the Kerala government on the plea by a group of 170 medical aspirants and posted the matter for hearing on July 10.
The group of aspirants have challenged the Delhi High Court's May 11 judgement dismissing the pleas challenging the MCI notification laying down the upper age limit of 25 and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively to apply for NEET for MBBS and BDS courses.
However, the high court had struck down a clause in the notification which bars students from the open schools or those who have studied privately from appearing in the test.
During the brief hearing today, the counsel appearing for the students told the apex court that the limitation of 25 years was "completely arbitrary".
The high court, while passing its interim order earlier on February 28, had made it clear that while the candidates will be allowed to submit their application for the entrance test, it does not mean they can sit for the examination which was held on May 6.
The high court's verdict had come on several petitions moved by medical aspirants who were aggrieved by several other eligibility norms barring them from applying for the NEET-UG for which the last date for submission of application was March 9.
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