New Delhi: The upper age limit for appearing in the undergraduate medical entrance exam the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) or NEET-UG, has been removed for all candidates, the country’s top medical regulatory body, the National Medical Commission (NMC), has said.
Earlier, the upper age limit was 25 years for general category candidates and 30 years in the case of reserved category candidates. The decision was taken at the fourth NMC meeting held in October last year.
In a letter addressed to the National Testing Agency (NTA), Dr Pulkesh Kumar, secretary of the medical commission, has asked the agency to remove the maximum age criteria from the information bulletin of NEET-UG.
“It has been decided in the 4th NMC meeting that…there should not be any fixed upper age limit for appearing in the NEET-UG examination. Therefore, the information bulletin may be modified accordingly,” Dr Kumar said.
NEET is the only entrance examination in India for admission to MBBS, BDS and some other allied courses.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had informed the country via Twitter that the government had taken the decision to benefit poor and middle-class students, and announced that half the seats in private medical colleges would be charged at par with government medical colleges. The announcement was made on the occasion of ‘Jan Aushadhi Diwas’.
the announcement came in the wake of the realisation that the scarcity of seats in government medical colleges and the difference in cost in medical degrees awarded by private medical colleges in India is driving MBBS aspirants to go abroad. This came to the forefront amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, with a majority of Indian students stranded in the war-torn country.
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