The Delhi High Court on Wednesday put on hold the operation of a CBSE notification laying down eligibility conditions, including the upper age limit of 25 years and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively, to apply for MBBS course.
The order was passed by a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on several petitions moved by medical aspirants who are aggrieved by various other eligibility norms which bar them from applying for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-UG for which the last date for submitting the application is on March 9.
Under the CBSE notification, candidates who have studied in open school, students who have had biology as an additional subject, those who have taken more than two years to complete their XI and XII and students who have studied privately were not eligible to apply for the exam.
The court, while passing its interim order, made it clear that while the candidates are allowed to submit their application for the entrance exam, it does not mean that they can sit for it.
The bench also said students from open school or those who have studied privately should belong to a recognized board in order to apply for the exam. The court said the interim order will continue till the next date of hearing on April 6.
NEET to be Conducted in 150 Cities This Year, Says Prakash Javadekar
New Delhi: The government has increased the number of cities where the NEET examination would be conducted this year, from 107 to 150, to make it easier for the students to reach the venues, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.
“Forty-three new centers granted for #NEET2018 exam. For the first time, NEET exam would be conducted in 150 cities. In 2017 NEET exam was conducted in 107 cities,” he tweeted.
“All the cities from where 4,000 and more candidates have applied and which were not the centers in 2017 have been added as center cities for #NEET2018 exam,” the minister said.
New centres have been set up in Andhra Pradesh (5), Assam (2), Gujarat (3), Maharashtra (6), Odisha (4), Tamil Nadu (2), Kerala (5), Telangana (2), West Bengal (3), Uttar Pradesh (3) and one new centre each in Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.
NEET UG 2018: CBSE releases important notice on the eligibility of open school students on www.cbseneet.nic.in, details
CBSE, Central Board of Secondary Education has released an important notice regarding the on-going confusion and conflict over the eligibility of open school students for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. In a notice dated February 24, 2018, CBSE has clarified that the onus of deciding the eligibility criteria rests solely on the shoulders of Medical Council of India, MCI. CBSE as a convener of the examination merely participates in the capacity of implementing the guidelines set by MCI for the examination. As such, the board has confirmed that all the grievances received by CBSE in regards the open school like NIOS students’ eligibility are being disposed of.
CBSE came under a lot of heat from students and parents who have been requesting for a rollback of the clause that bars the open school students’ from appearing in NEET 2018 examinations. Answering the queries and resting the speculation, CBSE has issued a clarification that it is neither responsible nor in the position to make any changes. In effect, the board is asking students to stop sending their grievances in this regards. Even Supreme Court has refused to interfere this year with the NEET 2018 processes in another news.
In a separate news, MHRD Minister, Prakash Javedkar has announced that NEET 2018 would be conducted across 150 centers from this year. Any city, as per the tweet of the minister, which had more than 4000 students registered for the examination last year have been provided with a center this year. This is considerably higher than last year. Students can check the complete list of examination centers at the official website cbse.nic.in
CBSE would be conducting the NEET 2018 examination across the country on May 6, 2018. The online application forms are now available on cbseneet.nic.in. Candidates interested in applying for the medical/ dental examination are required to fill the online application forms. The facility would close on March 9, 2018. Extensions are unlikely. All students are hence advised to fill the forms at the earliest.