NOIDA- The Supreme Court’s verdict on allowing the 25 years or older students to take NEET UG 2019 for MBBS and BDS on Thursday filled such candidates with joy. SC said, “The final admission would be subject to the final outcome of the case on validity of CBSE decision to fix upper age limit.”
In order to do justice with 25 years or older students, who were not eligible before this verdict, the SC has also extended the last date to submit the NEET UG 2019 Application Form by one week. Earlier, the last date was 30th November, which is now 7th December 2018.
The Central Board of Secondary Education i.e. CBSE had earlier released NEET UG 2019 notification with the information that the upper age limit for general and reserved category would be 25 Years and 30 years respectively to apply for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test- UG to take admission into MBBS or BDS courses.
The Supreme Court’s verdict released in alignment with Medical Council of India’s (MCI) decision to define an upper age limit for NEET Under Graduate Exam.
Before this verdict, the SC had concurred on examining the authenticity of the revisions over MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education of 1997. On 22nd January 2019, the amendment was kept into practice that said 25 years upper age limit for general candidates and 30 years upper age limit for reserved categories including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBC) as well as PwD candidates.
On May 11th, Delhi High Court upheld the age regulations on NEET UG 2019. Delhi HC said that it would be hard for 17 or 18 years students to compete with the older and experienced candidates.
Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, arguing for the petitioners, said that the age regulation is not realistic and the reason is quite lame. “The Regulation is bad as per the (MCI Oversight) Committee as well as the central government that has recommended deletion of the upper age limit as the country needs more doctors,” the lawyer said.
But the bench observed that the age restrictions are in the practice of legislative power to which Sharan responded: “Candidates with better marks participating in NEET UG 2019 will make the competition tougher and our country will produce the better doctors.”