A case has been filed in the Supreme Court regarding the eligibility criteria of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for open school students and private candidates. It challenges the eligibility criteria which prevents these students from applying for medical admission. The case is now pending on April 19.
“Open School/Private Candidate/Additional Biology (after 12th with PCM) students are currently #eligible following DHC ruling in 2018, but case is pending in Supreme Court,” one user tweeted.
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He added: “On the one hand, in NEP-2020, they are emphasizing Open School/Distance Learning, but on the other hand, they are prohibiting Open School/Private Students from taking NEET-UG.”
Matter of NEET-UG Eligibility Issues Listed on APR 19 under Serial Number 11.✍️ Older Age Matters #dissolved†
✍️ Open School/Private Candidate/Additional Biology (after 12th with PCM) students are currently #qualifying following DHC ruling in 2018, but the case is pending in the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/BG5Oxt7cMg
— KARTIKEY (@hi_me_kartikey) Apr 16, 2022
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has now abolished the age limit for taking the exam. Until last year, the maximum age limit was 25 years for candidates for the general category and 30 years for candidates for the reserved category. Now the same has been removed. According to experts, this elimination age could increase competition for the exam as the number of students taking the test could increase.
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NTA took the exam again this year. The duration has been extended. Students are given an extra 20 minutes for the exam, but the number of questions remains at 180. The students now have 3 hours 20 minutes or 200 minutes to solve the medical entrance exam. Experts think this could be a game-changer for candidates. However, the NTA has yet to clarify whether the longer length of time in the exam is just for reading questions or solving papers is good, but it will likely change the exam strategy for students.
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