NEET 2017: Supreme Court allows students aged above 25 yrs to appear for NEET exams – Finally, after a long wait, Supreme Court has given a big relief to the students thereby announcing its verdict on allowing candidates above 25 years of age to appear for the National Eligibility –cum-Entrance Test (NEET ) 2017 examination. The order was passed by the apex court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar which directed that the age limit for the NEET examination would be inapplicable this year.
It is said that the age limit for the NEET examination can be fixed from the next academic year. The CBSE had fixed the age limit as 25 years for the applicants to appear for the examination. The bench was hearing a plea challenging the age limit fixed by the CBSE for aspiring candidates appearing for the NEET 2017 examination.
It was today, the apex court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and AM Khanwilkar passed the order, which directed that the age limit for NEET examination would be inapplicable for this year.
The bench passed the order after senior advocates Amarendra Sharan and Indu Malhotra, who appeared for individual applicants in the matter, noted that the age limit prohibited aspirants who after graduation, were desirous of pursuing the course.
Advocate C K Singh, Counsel for CBSE express objection with the judgment, on the basis that the formalities for the NEET exam had already been finalized and now it would take a huge amount of effort to rework on the entire exercise. However, the apex court disagreed with the argument. Apart from rejecting the aforesaid submissions; the bench also directed that the online notification clarifying the age limit and the extension of date should be put up on the official website by today evening.
The NEET exam will be conducted on May 7, and the date for submission of applications forms has also been extended till April 5.
The case will now be listed in mid-July for final disposal.