NEET 2018: Major relief! Delhi High Court allows students of open schools to appear in National Eligibility Entrance Test

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New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2018 5:45 PM

NEET 2018: The Delhi High Court today allowed open school students to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination.

NEET 2018, Delhi High Court, delhi, National Eligibility Entrance Test, NEET, CBSE, Central Board of Secondary Education, NEET notification, education newsDelhi HC strikes down CBSE’s clause that barred students from open schools from appearing in NEET. (Photo: PTI)

NEET 2018: The Delhi High Court today allowed open school students to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination. This move by the High Court strikes down CBSE’s clause that barred students from open schools or those who have studied privately from appearing in NEET. Along with this, the HC has also dismissed a plea that was filed challenging the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)’s notification that stated the age restrictions for medical aspirants. With this order, the age restriction stated in the notification will remain unchanged. According to this, the upper age limit of 25 and 30 yrs for general and reserved categories respectively fixed by the board will stay put.

According to an Indian Express report, the High Court back in February 2018 had stayed the CBSE’s notification on upper age limit and other criteria for NEET. The plea challenging the Medical Council of India’s decision to set an upper age limit of 25 years and 30 years for the reserved category along with disabled candidates was filed by two MBBS aspirants hailing from Kerala.

The Union government back in 2017, had introduced the upper age limit for medical examinations which had led to massive protests by medical aspirants in the country. It was when several petitions were filed in the court, that the apex court had allowed students above 25 years to sit for the exam.

The plea file in the High Court stated that the decision taken was against the Supreme Court direction which stated that there should not be any age limit for MBBS aspirants appearing for NEET. However, the same criteria for eligibility were introduced this year too. According to the eligibility criteria introduced, the students who have had biology as an additional subject, those who have taken more than two years to complete their 11th and 12th and students who have studied privately were not eligible to apply for the exam.

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