The Supreme Court on Thursday removed the upper age eligibility clause and allowed the candidates, who are above 25, to take the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019.
The apex couret has directed the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is responsible for conducting the exams, to provide an interim relief of 7 days to prospective test takers from November 30 (which was the original deadline for application). The next hearing will take place in February. However, the NTA has given no hint regarding the extension of the date.
The age limit for unreserved category is capped at 25 years. For the reserved category candidates, the age limit now is 30 years.
The SC verdict comes in response to the PIL filed against the age limit of the students appearing for NEET.
As per the sources, the admission to medical and dental courses for these candidates will be subject to the final outcome of the case.
Earlier, though candidates who were 25 or more were allowed to appear for NEET 2018, their results were declared ineligible and hence, not issued.
According to the current eligibility criteria, general candidates who are born on or before May 6, 1994 and candidates coming from reserved and PWD background born before May 6, 1989 were not eligible to sit for the exam. The application form for NEET 2019 was released on November 1 and the deadline for it is December 1.