SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN AGE BAR FOR NEET

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Relief comes to students of over 25 years of age as Supreme Court legally allow them to sit for NEET examination.

Following the announcement of this judgment, the Supreme Court directs the National Test Agency to accept applications from those over 25 years of age. The court while allowing students of 25 years and above to appear for the exam, however, said that their admissions would be subject to the outcome of the petition. 

NTA has also extended the deadline for applying by one week so people can fill up the forms. On the last hearing, the court had asked a reply from the Medical Council of India (MCI) norm laying down upper age limit of 25 years for general category aspirants to apply for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS courses.

The group of aspirants had challenged Delhi high courts judgement for laying down the age for entrance 25 and 30 for general category and reserved categories respectively. 

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 another hearing , the counsel appearing for the students told the SC that the limitation of 25 years was “completely arbitrary”.

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