NEET Attempt Limit And Age Limit

One of the most commonly asked NEET FAQ is around the eligibility criteria, precisely, the number of attempts and the age limit. Applicants required clarity on the NEET attempt limit and the age limit laid by the NTA for NEET exams.

Confusion on the number of attempts and age criteria is still prevalent. Earlier, there were restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET exams and also on the age limit. Till date, the court’s decision is prevalent on the restriction set out earlier until the court decides otherwise. Learn more about the NEET attempt limit and the age limit; read on.

Candidates must be aware of the maximum NEET attempt limits that can be made along with the uppermost age limit for NEET exams beforehand. This is particularly for those candidates who have already attempted NEET exams in the past. In 2018, the court invalidated the rule after it was petitioned. Hence, this year too, limitation on the number of attempts and the age limit is not expected to resurface in view of resistance raised by aspirants on the same.

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NEET Attempt Limit – Chronology Of Events Since 2017

During NEET 2017, a major dispute emerged as a result of CBSE introducing an upper age limit in addition to the maximum number of attempts for NEET exams without any prior intimation. It was then specified on the NEET upper age limit that only the reserved candidates below the age of 30 and the unreserved candidates below the age of 25 shall be permitted to appear for NEET with the maximum attempt limit being 3 in number. The Supreme Court in 2017 revoked this rule to be re-introduced again with a clause in NEET 2018. The NEET attempt limit, was earlier the attempt-number was restricted to three times, was removed. Henceforth, NEET exams could be attempted as many times as authorized which would be governed by the criteria of the upper age limit whose decision is still impending.

Candidates above 25 years are provisionally allowed to appear. Further, the candidature of such applicants is subject to the outcome of pending Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

One more weighty dispute aroused during NEET 2019 which was regarding the ruling out of the open school students/NIOS. These candidates were permitted to take up NEET exams until NEET 2017 when the MCI (Medical Council Of India) decided otherwise and barred them from taking up exams from NEET 2018 onwards.

Later on, the rule was revoked when it came to the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 following which the open school students were permitted to take up NEET exams. Apart from this, there was another major issue which was pertaining to Biology as an additional subject. Candidates who learnt Biology as an additional subject in classes 11 & 12 were not considered eligible. Such candidates were allowed to participate in NEET 2019 exams after the clause for the same was revoked.

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NEET Number Of Attempts

As per the regulatory board for NEET exams, the NTA (National Testing Agency), there is no restriction on the number of attempts for the NEET exams. This is in conformity with the statement on the NEET official website by the CBSE – “There is no cap for the number of attempts”. Subsequently, the CBSE commended the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s letter number U.12023/16/2010-ME-II as on 6th December 2017 for the same. Consequently, until further notice, the limit on the number of attempts will no more prevail. This is to say that the CBSE-implied, three attempt rule is not applicable anymore.

NEET Number Of Attempts And Age Limit – Upper & Lower Age Limit

As per the official notice on NEET eligibility criteria, the regulation is as stated below:

  • Lower Age Limit – Candidate must have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete 17 years of age on or before 31st December of the same year of candidate’s admission to the first year UG (Undergraduate) Medical course
  • Upper age limit – Earlier, the candidate with 25 years of age as on the examination date with a relaxation period of 5 years for candidates pertaining to category – SC/ST/OBC-NCL and PwD candidates was implemented. As of now, there is no upper age limit until the Supreme Court passes its judgment on it.
  • As specified by the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education – 1997 vide amendment as on date – 22/01/2018, the upper age limit of 25 years was opposed before the Honourable High Court Of Delhi and stated that the upper age cap was sustained vide judgement as on date 11/05/2018 in W.P. Number 1813/2018 and other related concerns. The stated judgment recorded – 11/05/2018 was opposed before the Honourable Supreme Court Of India in SLP (C) Number 14320/2018 and other related concerns when the vide interval order as on date 29/11/2018, aspirants who were 25 years of age and above were permitted provisionally to take up the NEET 2019 exams (UG) related to the consequence of the stated concerns. Thereafter, the Supreme Court vide order, as on 29/04/2019 allowed candidates to provisionally take part in counselling process directed to the judgement of matters. The foregoing matters are awaiting judgment before the Honourable Supreme Court Of India and officials shall obey any directive that might be passed for NEET exams.
  • Consequently, the applicants who were above age 25 years were permitted provisionally to appear wherein the candidature is subject to the consequence of petitions pending before the Honourable Supreme Court. As per latest, there is no upper age limit until the Supreme Court passes its judgment on it. To summarise the point, the upper age limit is 25 years as of the date of examination, with a relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwBD Candidates.
  • In view of this, the eligibility criteria pertaining to the lower age limit has undergone revision under:
For Candidates of General (UR) /General-EWS Born on or before 31.12.2004
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Category
  • Candidates that are Overseas Citizens of India or Indian citizens with an intention to take up Undergraduate Medical Courses from a foreign/overseas medical or dental college/university are also subject to qualification of the NEET – Undergraduate exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions on NEET Attempt Limit

Can I attempt NEET more than once?

Yes, with the recent uplifting of restrictions, candidates can now attempt NEET any number of times. There is no such restriction, provided the eligibility criteria for age is met.

Who specifies the eligibility criteria for NEET?

The National Testing Agency (NTA) specifies the eligibility criteria for NEET that is annually conducted for medical aspirants across the country

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