Students above 25 years can appear for NEET, rules Supreme Court

NEET exam will be conducted on May 7 in 80 cities across India

The Supreme Court on March 31 announced that the candidates above 25 years of age can appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), and also extended the last date for filing the forms. Now, the aspiring candidates can fill the form till April 5.

NEET exam will be conducted on May 7 in 80 cities at 1,500 examination centres across the country. The apex court has ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to open its online portal from March 31 evening so that all the aspirants can apply for the exam.

On the announcement, Advocate Vaibhav Srivastava said, “The judge recorded the submissions of all parties including MCI and petitioners and allowed the NEET aspirant to sit for the exam this year.”

Also, the apex court will now hear the writ petitions seeking removal of age criteria in July.

Earlier this year in January, CBSE declared the notification for NEET 2017 where it had introduced two criterias—age and number of attempts—for appearing in the exam. However, some changes were made in the number of attempt criteria but many students were protesting for introducing the age cap.

Students could get into MBBS/BDS course after passing NEET. The entrance examination of NEET will be held in 10 languages that will include Hindi, English, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Kannada.