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Supreme Court on NEET: Candidates above 25 years of age can take exams

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 29 November 2018, 12:42 PM
Candidates above 25 years of age can take exams
Candidates above 25 years of age can take exams

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed medical aspiring students who are 25 years of age or above to appear in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate exam 2019, but said that their admission will be subject to the final outcome of the case on the validity of the CBSE's decision to fix an upper age limit. It also directed the National Testing Agency to extend the NEET deadline by one week. The last date to apply for NEET was to expire on November 30. 

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is an entrance examination for students who want to study graduate, postgraduate medical or dental courses in India. The official NEET UG 2019 notification was released on November 1. The notification specified the upper age limit for students as 25 years as on the date of the examination which means any student above the age of 25 on May 5, 2019 is not eligible for the NEET UG exam this year, according to reports. The upper age limit for NEET UG had been a point of contention for students earlier also. The Supreme Court in 2017 had scrapped upper age limit for those aspiring to appear in the NEET, but dismissed an age relaxation petition in 2018.

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Candidates who have passed class 12 from open school are not eligible to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG 2019). Also, students who had either biology or biotechnology as an additional subject at class 12 level are not eligible to appear for the exam, according to NTA. However, the matter is still in court. The final decision on these candidatures will be announced by the court. The candidates are advised to register for the exam at the official website — nta.ac.in.

First Published: Thursday, November 29, 2018 11:21 AM
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