NEET 2017: MCI removes age limit, attempt cap in NEET examination – There is good news for the candidates who have or planning to apply for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET 2017), as today Medical Council of India came up with a major decision to remove limitations on the number of attempts as well on the age at which he/ she can appear for the examination. Supreme Court in the year 2016 has mandated a common medical entrance test for the MBBS and BDS admission to be conducted by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and by National Board of Examinations for Postgraduate courses.
Earlier CBSE has come up with the regulations for the candidate with only three attempts for the examination and further attempts will not be considered eligible for the 2017 NEET test. Also, the Upper Age limit for the candidates appearing for NEET undergraduate courses was fixed at the age of 25 years on the date of conduct of the examination. For reserved category candidates, the age relaxation was set to 5 years.
But it was on Thursday, based on the recommendations from the oversight committee and the Union Health Ministry, the Medical Council of India (MCI) announced major decision thereby withdrawing both the limitations. MCI Vice President Dr. C V Bhirmanandham stated that “The oversight committee felt such limitations will reduce the number of doctors in the country. The Union Health Ministry agreed and suggested recommendation to us. We have passed it,”He also expressed that “We give everyone the opportunity to clear the test. Students who don’t make it this year either because they haven’t prepared for the test or because they haven’t applied for the test on time can always try later. It gives even undergraduate students of BSc an opportunity.”
As CBSE has already closed the NEET 2017 application process for the year 2017 on March 1 and those candidates who were unable to apply for the examination will be eager to know when the application window will be open for the next application process. It is expected that the dates will be revealed soon by the MCI once the Supreme Court passes its order on 20th March 2017.