Upper Age Limit now 25 years for NEET: SC stays with CBSE’s decision
All medical aspiring students can now appear for NEET this year irrespective of their age, as the Supreme Court stayed CBSE's decision to fix an upper age limit of 25 years for taking the entrance examination for MBBS course.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar said the decision taken by Central Board of Secondary Education to fix upper age limit on the administrative instruction of Medical Council of India seemed wrong and students should not be barred from appearing in entrance examination for being below 25.
The court directed the CBSE to allow students to apply for the examination and asked it to open a window till April 5 for them to fill up the form. The last date for filling up the form had expired on March 1 and entrance test is scheduled for May 7.
The bench agreed with the submission of the aggrieved students who contended that the decision taken by the Board was illegal and unconstitutional as there was rule or regulation for fixing an upper age limit for medical entrance examination. Senior advocates Amrendra Sharan and Indu Malhotra, appearing for students, told the bench that about 20,000 got affected due to age restriction and pleaded the court to allow them to appear for NEET.
"As we, prima facie, find, such an age limit could not have been determined by way of a notice on the basis of the instructions issued by the Medical Council of India, it is appropriate to direct that all the desirous candidates will be allowed to fill up the forms on the online portal of the CBSE on or before April 5. Any form submitted beyond April 5 shall not be accepted," the bench said.
This article has been taken from ‘Times of India’. Read the original article here.