The Supreme Court of India has given a clarity on the NEET-UG 2019 upper age limit. As per the latest directive of SC, candidates with 25 years of age or above can register for NEET-UG 2019 exam. However, the Supreme Court has mentioned that candidature of such students will be subject to the final ruling of the case on validity of CBSE's decision to fix upper age limit.
NEET-UG 2019 Upper Age Limit Issue and Controversy
The Medical Council of India has decided to keep an upper age limit for the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) that is primarily conducted for granting admissions in various medical colleges across the country. As per the amendment issued on 22nd January 2018, the age limit for the general category is 25 years and those from reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD) is 30 years.
However, the Delhi High Court upheld the regulation. According to them, candidates who are 17 or 18 years old will be unable to compete with older and experienced candidates. It will be difficult for the candidates of such young age group to compete with the experienced candidates.
Amarendra Sharan, a Senior Advocate in the case, opposed the move and stated that regulation is artificial and does not have any solid ground. He also said that the deletion of the upper age limit is a wrong decision as the country requires more doctors. But, the court declined the interim relief as the NEET 2018 results were declared yesterday i.e. 4th June 2018.
The court also refused to entertain a petition regarding the NEET 2018 results. As per the petitioner, there were a lot of mistakes reported in the translation of the NEET question paper from the English language to other regional languages.
NEET exam is one of the most prestigious medical entrance exam in India for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in top colleges of the country.