SC Allows Students over 25 years to Apply for NEET 2019

On Thursday, November 29, Supreme Court (SC) permitted MBBS and BDS aspirants above 25 years of age to apply for NEET 2019. For now the candidates can only apply for the exam but the admission will depend on the final outcome of the case on the validity of CBSE’s decision to fix the upper age limit. Along with this decision, the SC has directed the NTA to extend the last date for submitting the NEET 2019 Application Form by a week.

This is not yet clarified that the last date has been extended for all the candidates or for candidates over the age of 25 years. There are some newspaper reports that has informed that the last date to submit the NEET 2019 Application Form has been extended for the aspirants who did not qualify under the earlier age criteria to apply. However, NTA is yet to clarify on this matter at its official website.


The CBSE introduced the age limit criteria in the year 2017. The idea was criticized in the year it was introduced but was always supported by the MCI. Hence, the upper age bar of 25 years for General Candidates and 30 years for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/ PWD category was continued for NEET 2019 as well.

The decision of the upper age criteria was opposed by students and experts alike. Several petitions were filed and the final decision was not taken yet. Even the Center opposed the idea and the matter was taken to the Supreme Court. Even then, the SC allowed the candidates above 25 years to sit for the exam. However, on May 11 the Delhi High Court supported the upper age limit criteria stating that a 17 or 18 years old candidates will find it difficult to compete with older and more experienced candidates.

The motive to introduce NTA for NEET exam was to avoid any blunders and make this national level entrance exam fair for every candidate. Seems like NEET exam cannot get its way around the controversies. The demand to produce good doctors in India is very much important but then the method is very corrupt.

There is no limit on the number of attempts, however, the candidates need to fuflill the age limit and educational qualification as well in order to apply for the entrance examination. To apply for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – 2019, the student must have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course. Furthermore, as of now, the upper age limit has been extended over 25 years.

The candidates can register for NEET 2019 online at ntaneet.nic.in. To register online, the candidates need to provide their basic information. Only once the registration part is over, the students can proceed to fill in other necessary details in the NEET 2019 Application Form.

This is the first time that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting the exam. NEET 2019 is scheduled to be held on May 05, 2019, in  154 test cities spread across the country. It is a pen-paper based test which will consist of MCQ type questions from subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The candidates who will successfully register for the exam will be issued the NEET 2019 Admit Card online.

Allowing students over 25 years, is still not fiinalised and the case is still going on. This means that the candidate over 25 years can apply for NEET 2019 for now but what happens if this verdict by SC is ruled out? What happens to these candidates then? Let us know your views about this decision in the comment section below. 

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