The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking removal of upper age limit for candidates in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2018.
NEET is a common national level entrance exam conducted for admission to medical courses.
As per news reports, Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to fix the upper age limit at 25 for the general category students appearing in NEET 2018 was challenged by medical aspirants, seeking relaxation in the age limit.
The CBSE that conducts the NEET had issued the admission notification on 9 February in which the eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 was slightly modified from what was there for NEET 2017.
The ruling implies that the general category candidates older than 25 years, and those from the reserved category above 30, will not be able to appear in NEET entrance test this year.
According to new guidelines, the minimum age limit for NEET 2018 is 17 years. Candidates must complete the age of 17 years on or before 31 December 2018. The upper age limit has been implemented at 25 years and for candidates from reserved categories, the age limit is 30 years.
Many students now enrolled in foreign institutions had written to the health ministry after NEET’s 9 February information bulletin asked students aspiring to go overseas for medical education to clear the test.