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Students Over 25 Can Appear For NEET 2019, Application Deadline Extended

Students Over 25 Can Appear For NEET 2019, Application Deadline Extended
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Students Over 25 Can Appear For NEET 2019, Application Deadline Extended

The last date for submitting filled NEET forms has been extended by a week.

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed medical aspirants older than 25 years to appear in NEET 2019, the undergraduate exam for MBBS and BDS courses.

The last date for submitting filled NEET forms has also been extended by a week to enable the aspirants who did not qualify under the earlier age criteria to apply.

(Read NEET Cut-Off Percentile Reduced by 15 per cent In Bid To Fill Up Medical Seats)

Supreme Court’s Verdict

Earlier, the court had agreed to examine the validity of an amendment to the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education of 1997. The amendment stipulated an upper age limit of 25 years for general category candidates and for the reservation category, it was 30 years.

In May, the Delhi High Court upheld the regulation, saying that a 17- or 18-year-old candidate will find it difficult to compete with older and more experienced candidates.

But the decision was challenged on the grounds that when candidates secure higher marks, it increases competition, resulting in better doctors.

(Read – JEE advanced 2019 Exam For Admission To IITs On 19 May 2019)

NEET And Age Eligibility

The apex court has said that the final admission would be subject to the final outcome of the case on validity of CBSE decision to fix upper age limit.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had set the upper age limit of 25 and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively to apply for NEET examination.

(Read – JNU Entrance Examination In December; Will Be Online For 1st Time)

NEET 2019

NEET Undergraduate examination is scheduled to be conducted on 5 May, next year in offline (pen-paper mode) for three hours. It will be organized in the eight languages as it has been conducted before and the pattern is also expected to remain unchanged.

The exam syllabus includes questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology curriculum of class XI and XII by CBSE. There will be 180 objective-type questions with negative marking for each incorrect answer.

Candidates who wish to get registered for the exam must visit the official website of National Testing Agency (NTA).

The admit card will be available to download from 15 April, 2019, and the result for the examination is expected to be announced on 5 June, 2019.

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