The Supreme Court of India, today, took up the matter regarding the upper age limit. This has been pending since 2018 without any final decision. As per Twitter, the case is being led by Adv. Amit Kumar, who is fighting on behalf of Dr Amit Gupta. However, candidates continue to be in tenterhooks as to what outcome will emerge after today’s hearing.
Despite this uncertainty, students and documents continue to come up with questions on Dr Amit Gupta’s social media profiles. They seem to be in demand for the outcomes that emerged after today’s hearing in the apex court.
In response to the queries posted by the students, Dr Gupta has provided a reply, a while back. He has stated that the matter has been adjourned by the Supreme Court till March 2022. Despite that, the relief for all age limit candidates will continue. He advised the candidates to keep up with their preparation for the exam. They should concentrate on their studies and avoid any sort of undue stress. As per his response, he seems to be confident that the verdict will be in favour of the candidates. He added that the government will most probably roll back the age limit criteria.
His responses on both social media platforms are the same. This now leaves the aspirants with more than a month’s time to wait for the final verdict after the hearing is held in March 2022. It is yet to be seen what the final verdict comes out.
What is the issue all about?
There was no upper age limit to appear for the NEET examination before 2017. A student, in the same year, enquired about the upper age limit to appear for the medical entrance examination. In response to his query, it was told that the upper age limit will be fixed to 25 years for the unreserved category students 30 years for the reserved category ones. This age criterion was implemented from 2018-19 onwards.
However, this decision received extensive criticism majorly from the aspirants who were above the prescribed upper age limit. There were widespread protests that demanded the decision to be revoked as many students became ineligible for the examination. As such, the Medical Council of India (MCI) was ordered by the Supreme Court to look into the issue.
In a report that the MCI submitted, it stated that not keeping an age limit would be unfair for the younger students. The decision was also challenged in the Delhi High Court as well followed by which an interim order was passed allowing the students to appear for the examination without any restrictions.