Aspirants can now appear for The National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance-Test (NEET) for only three times, as new criteria for NEET exam has been introduced. Also, aspirants age limit that was set in order to appear for the examination has been now changed. On Friday, Supreme Court has taken a decision on allowing candidates above 25 years to appear for NEET examination. Date for filling of forms extended till 5th April.
Earlier, the minimum age to appear for NEET exam was 17 years, the maximum age for open category students wass 25 years and 30 years for the reserved category. On the other hand, the age limit for the reserved category has been set to 30 years and ST, SC can also appear for the exam for only three times.
This has been introduced in the examination criteria to bring down the number of older candidates competing with young aspirants.
The decision was taken at a University Grants Commission (UGC) meeting in Delhi.
Up to date, there has never been a maximum age defined to take NEET, nor has there been a limit on the number of attempts.
The NEET information brochures contain this information and will be distributed soon.