NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a medical entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) annually where qualifying students seek admission 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.
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How Many Times I Can Appear In NEET Exam?
Amongst a sea of students appearing in the examination, not everyone cracks the exam. Only a selected few manage to qualify for the most coveted medical exams in 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 a 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 for NEET any number of times without any restriction on the upper age limit. No such restriction on the number of attempts as well.
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.
Information on upper age limit as provided in the information bulletin –
“As per Letter No. U-11022/2/2022-UGMEB, dated 09 March 2022 received from National Medical Commission (NMC), Under Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB) regarding the upper age limit, that there should be no upper age limit as decided in the fourth NMC meeting held on 21 October 2021”.