SC: Applicants older than 25 year can take NEET 2019
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that medical aspirants older than 25 years can take the NEET undergraduate exam 2019 for MBBS and BDS. However, the apex court also said that the final admission of students would be subject to the final outcome of the case on the validity of CBSE's decision to fix an upper age limit. Here are the details.
Although the last date for submitting applications for NEET 2019 was November 30, the Supreme Court has extended the deadline by a week to allow candidates older than 25 years to apply.
The SC's ruling came on a case challenging the Medical Council of India's (MCI) decision to uphold the age limit for the NEET exam. Earlier, the apex court had agreed to examine the validity of an amendment, dated January 22, to the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education of 1997, that had stipulated an upper age-limit of 25 years for general category candidates, and 30 years for SC, ST, and OBC candidates applying for NEET.
To apply for NEET 2019, students have to head to http://ntaneet.nic.in. Once there, fill the online application form, and note down the system generated application number. Upload scanned images of your photograph and signature as instructed in JPG/JPEG format. Then, pay the fee through a suitable payment mode, and keep the proof of payment. It's advisable to keep print outs of the confirmation page, after paying fees.
According to information released by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is in charge of NEET 2019, the examination will be held on May 5, 2019, from 2pm to 5pm. Admit cards can be downloaded April 15 onwards.