Medical aspirants who are aspiring to appear for the medical entrance exam - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test are now allowed to make only three attempts. The limit which has been introduced discouraged thousands of candidates who keep on trying their luck at the examination. On the other hand, it is mandatory for the candidates to fulfill the new age criteria as well.
University Grants Commission has taken the decision at a meeting on January 26, 2017. As of now, the minimum age limit to appear for NEET examination is 17 years, and the maximum age limit for the unreserved category is 25 years. However, the maximum age limit for reserved categories is 30 years. Earlier, there was neither a restriction on the number of attempts nor age limit to appear for NEET.
Dr. Pravin Shingare, Director at Directorate of Medical Education, Maharashtra expressed that the decision taken by UGC is positive and a right one. He indicated that some students keep on trying their luck and give up on enrolling into other programmes such as B.Sc courses. The restriction on the number of attempts will also hinder the faculty of coaching institutes and centres from taking the examination to understand the altering pattern of NEET.
The candidates are eagerly waiting for NEET 2017 notification. The notification has been delayed as various issues need to be sorted out. The notification will be out any moment from now.
In the year 2016, NEET replaced the All India Pre Medical Test or AIPMT.