Lucknow: The Chief Minister’s office recently received a memorandum from a group of medical aspirants seeking the intervention of state authorities in doing away with the upper age limit cap for NEET next year.
The CBSC had earlier this year, decided to keep the maximum age of eligible candidates for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET), at 25 years in a notice.
The Supreme Court though had ruled against the notice.
The affected aspirants requested the state government to write to the Central Health Ministry on the issue, as more than 50,000 medical aspirants in UP they said would be influenced by it.
“Last year, the Supreme Court ruled against an age cap of 25 years for general category aspirants and 30 years for reserved category. The Medical Council of India does not put an age cap either. But the Union Health Ministry is said to be considering an upper age limit for 2018. This would hamper many careers,” a group participant told TOI.
In an earlier story done by Medical Dialogues, it was reported that the University Grants Commission (UGC), had clipped the National Eligibility Entrance Test’s(NEET), wings to bring about greater synchronization of functionality, by reducing the attempts for the examination to three and also introduce a new age criterion, for those who wish to sit for the medical and dental entrance test.
TOI had also reported that the university grants officials took this decision at a meeting in Delhi. Their latest amendments included setting up of age limit as well as limiting the number of attempts
The salient feature of the decision had been to limit the number of attempts to three. This has been done in order to discourage the thousands who keep trying their luck at the examination and continue to apply every year after unsuccessful attempts.