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Delhi High Court seeks MCI and Centre to respond over upper age for NEET (AIPMT)

New Delhi: The Delhi HC has asked the MCI (Medical Council of India) and the central government to respond to the petition filed against the upper age limit for appearing in the NEET (AIPMT) (All India Pre Medical Test). According to the policies existing, candidates under 25 years are only eligible to appear in the Pre-Medical Entrance Test.

A bench of Justice Manmohan has been formed which has asked replies of the concerned authorities before September 15, the next date of hearing. However, the Court has refused to pass any interim order as the upper age limit was introduced eight years before.

Tatsat Mishra, an MBBS aspirant has filed the plea as he will not be allowed to participate in the process of counseling, even though he qualifies but due to his present age, that would exceed exactly by 16 days on 31 December. Three rounds of counseling sessions are to commence from 1st of July this Year.

As per the current eligibility criteria the upper age limit to appear the NEET (AIPMT) (All India Pre Medical Test), the candidate appearing the exam should be maximum 25 years old on December 31 in the year of examination.

Tatsat has challenged the upper age limit on the ground on the ground has not been prescribed by the MCI and CBSE cannot fix the same as its role is limited to conducting the exams and not to lay down the eligibility conditions standards.

The CBSE has confirmed the court that on June 27th, 2008 the age limit was introduced with the concerned approval from the MCI.

“As there is no mention of the upper age limit in the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 nor in any of the regulations, CBSE which is the exam conducting body cannot prescribe an upper age limit by the way of an information brochure” Tatsat said to the Court.

Advocate Ajit Sharma represented Tatsat Mishra and has challenged the upper age limit criteria for appearing the NEET (AIPMT) (All India Pre Medical Test) on the basis of fundamental rights of a student being violated and the student is being prevented from pursuing his chosen profession.