NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a medical entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) annually where qualifying students seek admissions to medical courses throughout the country. This exam, over the years, has been deemed to be seeing exceptional growth in terms of the number of students appearing for the examination. This year, NEET is anticipated to see a staggering 15-17 lakh students appearing from all over the country.
Amongst a sea of students appearing in the examination, not everyone cracks the exam. Only a selected few manage to qualify in the most coveted medical exams of the nation. While there was a limitation on the age limit previously, i.e., a maximum of 25 years for candidates belonging to the general category and relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwD Candidates, as per the latest on NEET eligibility, the NTA has enforced no such instructions. Going forward, candidates can appear any number of times without any restriction on the upper age limit, provisionally, as the matter is still in the court. No such restriction on the number of attempts as well. Consequently, until any further notice, this shall be practiced.
However, there is a criterion for the minimum age. Candidates must have completed 17 years at the time of admission or shall complete 17 years of age before 31st December that year, of his/her admission to the first year in the medical course – UG course.
The clause for the upper age limit was challenged in the High court of Delhi and the verdict is still pending. However, candidates older than 25 years of age can appear for NEET provisionally.