In a major relief to the aspiring medical practitioners, who have already already exhausted three attempts at the
undergraducate medical exam, the government clarified that NEET tests prior to 2017 would not be counted. These aspirants
can now sit for the exam this year.
“It is now clarified that since any new regulation takes effect prospectively, NEET-2017 shall be counted as the first
attempt for this purpose irrespective of the previous attempts in AIPMT/NEET, subject to the upper age limit,” Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare said in a press note on Friday.
Earlier, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – which conducts these tests – had barred students from filing their
online application, who have made their three attempts. The board had even made the required changes on its website.
This led to sporadic protests in several parts of the country, and the government sprung into action to make the changes.
“CBSE has been advised to make necessary corrections in the information bulletin and on their website cbseneet.nic.in, so
that any application is not rejected on this ground. Data pertaining to applications already rejected will be erased so that
rejected applications can be filed afresh,” the note said.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in consultation with Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided that there shall be an upper age limit of 25 years as on the date of exam. However, the students of reserved categories will be given age relaxation of 5 years.