Delhi High Court stays Eligibility Norms for NEET 2018

According to the latest order by the Delhi High Court Eligibility norms for NEET 2018 are stayed. The High Court puts a hold on the CBSE notification regarding eligibility conditions for NEET 2018 aspirants. So far the candidates stood ineligible to apply for NEET 2018 due to the school of study and the upper age limit but according to the latest tweet by Dr Amit Gupta, an RTI activist, the High Court has granted a relief for all the NEET 2018 aspiring candidates who are above 25 years of age. Apart from that, candidates having studied from Open Schools, NIO’S or as Private candidates are also allowed to apply for NEET 2018. The relief also extends to those who did not have two years of continuous studies or had biology as the additional subject in their qualifying examination.

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Who are Eligible to apply for NEET 2018?

  • Candidates above the age of 25 years.
  • Passed-out candidates from Open Schools and NIO’s.
  • Private Candidates.
  • Candidates who did not have 2 years of continuous studies.
  • Candidates who had studied Biology as an additional subject in qualifying examination.


The interim relief has brought smile on thousands of faces who were worried after the CBSE had kept these eligibility limitations by updating a public notification on their official website. This interim relief by the High Court is considered as the outcome of more than 30 petitions signed by the students preparing for NEET 2018.

What were the Eligibility Limitations kept by CBSE?

  • Candidates who had studied 11th and 12th from Open School were not allowed to fill the NEET 2018 form.
  • Candidates above the age limit of 25 years (in case of Unreserved Category) and 30 years (In case of Reserved Category) were also not allowed.
  • Candidates who had biology/ biotechnology as an additional subject in qualifying exam were also ineligible and
  • Candidates who did not have 2 years continuous study were also not allowed to apply for NEET 2018.

Check here for Official Notification

However, this is not the end of the controversy. According to the Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar, it was only an order that allowed the students to submit their application forms as the last date is March 9, 2018. It doesn’t mean that the candidates will be allowed to sit for NEET 2018. The decision for allowing the candidates to sit for the entrance exam is still speculative and is yet to be finalized by the court in it’s next hearing for this case which is scheduled to be held on April 6, 2018 while the NEET 2018 exam will take place on May 6, 2018.

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