NEET UG 2019: Now, students above 25 years can take the exam, says SC

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Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has allowed medical aspiring candidates above the age of 25 years to appear in the NEET UG 2019 exam. But, the court has also specified that their candidature will be subject to the final outcome of the case on validity of CBSE's decision to fix upper age limit.

As per the official NEET UG 2019 notification released on November 1, the upper age limit for students must be 25 years as on the date of exam. This clearly means that any students above the age of 25 on May 5, 2019 are not eligible for the upcoming NEET UG exam.

Now, the present directive by Supreme Court states that students can now apply for the exam with the condition that their eligibility status will be subject to the final ruling in the case. 

It worth mentioning that from 2019, many competitive exams in India have been handed over to National Testing Agency (NTA) which was constituted for the sole purpose of conducting entrance and competitive exams and relieve other bodies such as CBSE from the entrance exam duties.

NTA began the application process for NEET UG 2019 exam on November 1, 2018. Supreme Court has also asked NTA to extend the deadline for application process to allow such students to apply for the exam. Earlier the last date to apply for the exam was November 30, 2018, which is tomorrow. 

Earlier, the upper age limit to appear for NEET UG was a big concern for most students. Supreme Court had, in 2017, scrapped upper age limit for those aspiring to appear in the NEET, but dismissed an age relaxation petition in 2018.

In the meantime, the candidature of Open School students is also subject to the outcome of the Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India.

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