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NEET 2017: 20,000 students to benefit from SC’s order to remove age cap

Last date for filing up forms for candidates aged more than 25 years is April 5

| Updated:
April 1, 2017 3:09 pm
Supreme-Court NEET 2017 order

Nearly 20,000 students will benefit from the Supreme Court’s decision to remove the age cap of 25 years for candidates appearing for the NEET 2017.

Jaipur: Nearly 20,000 students will benefit from the Supreme Court’s decision to remove the age cap of 25 years for candidates appearing for the NEET 2017 examination for MBBS and BDS courses. The Supreme Court has directed the CBSE to make the facility of online application available to students aged more than 25 years by April 5. Students can now fill up farms on CBSE’s website and appear in the NEET examination to be conducted on May 7.

There were 8,02,594 registered candidates last year in NEET 2016. But the number has gone up to 11,35,104  with 41.42% increase for  NEET – 2017. This  is  the  highest number of registered candidates for NEET Examination so far. Looking into the substantial increase in number of registered candidates this year, the CBSE added 23 more cities in the list of examination centers. Earlier, exams were being conducted 80 cities. The last date for filling up forms was March 1. As per the court’s direction, the CBSE will now have to accept applications from students till April 5.

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But since the number of students will increase after the Supreme Court’s decision to remove the age cap, the CBSE may now have to increase the number of examination centres.

On Friday, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar held that the CBSE could not implement the age cap by merely issuing a notice on the basis of instructions received from the Medical Council of India (MCI).

“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, 2017,” the bench said in its interim order.

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The court asked the administration of various states to provide any logistic support that the CBSE may require in order to accommodate the increased number of students following the order.

one Rai Sabyasachi had filed a petition in the court, challenging the notice issued by the CBSE on January 31, 2017 that capped the age limit to 25 years for appearing in NEET 2017.

First published: April 1, 2017
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