CBSE has released NEET age limit criteria for the candidates who wish to appear in the NEET 2018. The upper age limit for the general category upto 25 years as on December 31 in which the NEET Exam will be held. There is a 5 years relaxation is provided to reserved category (SC/ST/OBC). The lower age limit are same for both the categories i.e 17 years.
Candidates belongs to general category(UR) there age between 17 years to 25 years. Candidates belongs to reserved category(SC/ST) there age between 17 years to 30 years. Check here complete eligibility criteria.
This final decision on the NEET age limit will not only be applicable to the NEET 2018, but also to the exam to be held in 2019, and probably for the later years as well.
The topic of upper limit criteria for appearing in the NEET exam was under discussion and in controversy for past several years. The Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India (DCI) have finally decided to conclude the age limit standards for NEET aspirants.
MCI’s Official Announcement on NEET Age Limit Criteria 2018
MCI had issued an official notification on 23rd January, 2018 announcing the final decision on the age limit criteria for appearing in the NEET exam. The organizing committee of the NEET exam, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), is yet to formally declare its individual official announcement on this topic.
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Following are the words of MCI in their official announcement over NEET 2018 Age Limit Criteria “Provided further that in order to be eligible, the upper age limit for candidates appearing for National Eligibility Entrance Test and seeking admission to MBBS programme shall be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category. It is under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
Subject of Prolonged Controversy
Till few years back, there was no upper age limit criteria for appearing in the NEET exam. An aspirant raised a grievance in November 2017 inquiring that if there is some upper age limit for appearing in the NEET exam.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare announced on December 14, 2017 stated that the upper age limit criteria for general category will be 25 years starting from the academic year 2018-19. The reserved category candidates will be relaxed by the specified years, as per the applicable government norms.
So this age limit clause for NEET was introduced just last year. But very soon after its implementation, lots of NEET aspirants with age above 25 years protested to revoke this decision. This happened because with this clause, they were going to be ineligible for appearing in the NEET exam.
The honorable Supreme Court of India instructed MCI to look into this matter. MCI quoted that the new clause aims to select younger candidates, since they can easily grasp knowledge and study the medical topics as compared with the older students.
MCI also said that earlier those candidates who pass class 12th and appear in NEET in the same year, were required to compete with older candidates who might have spent many years for the preparation. Thus, this was an unfair competition for the 12th class students. So there should be a cap for the upper age limit.
Now in another turn, MCI has declared that the upper age limit clause for NEET will be reintroduced from 2018, and it would be a ‘final decision’ at least for the future few years. However, if you are going to appear in NEET 2018 or 2019, you must keep checking the official websites of CBSE, MCI and DCI for the updates on age limit and other requirements.