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NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST 2019 (UNDER GRADUATE)

 NEET is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study graduate and postgraduate medical courses and dental courses in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India. In 2019 this exam going to be conducted under the supervision of NTA (NATIONAL TESTING AGENCY) for the first time as it has been conducted in the past by CBSE (CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION)

The exam will be held in the month of May. The NEET 2019 UG shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and zoology).  This will be a single exam in pen and paper mode. The duration of the exam would be 3 hours.  The date of the paper is 5th May 2019 and the timings for the examination are 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

 SUPREME COURT ALLOWS CANDIDATES ABOVE 25 YEARS TO APPLY FOR NEET UG 2019

The apex court of India, Supreme Court, gives permission to the medical prospective students above the age of 25 years to give NEET 2019 exam. In spite of that, the final decision will depend on the final ruling of the court on the validity of the upper age limit for NEET exam.

A bench of Justices S. A. Bobde, L. Nageswara Rao and R. Subhash Reddy delivered the interim order and directed NTA (National Testing Agency), which is established to conduct the entrance and competitive exams, to extend the deadline for registration of NEET exam by a week.

Amit Gupta, a teacher and activist who approached the apex court with the team of students said that this decision has great importance because when there is no age of retirement for doctors so why is there any upper age limit for medical entrance test. He also states that there is no such eligibility criteria in the top medical institutions of the country like AIIMS and JIPMER, so why is there discrimination in NEET exam.

In the year 2017, Supreme Court has dismissed the upper age limit but in 2018 it dismissed the petition to relax the upper age limit.

On November 1, the NEET UG 2019 notification, announced that the upper age limit for the students to give the exam on May 5, 2019 is 25 and 30 for general category and reserved category respectively. It means that aspiring medical students above 25 years of age will not be appearing in the NEET UG 2019. Nonetheless, the eligibility criteria will be decided in the court’s final ruling.

The students will be able to print their admit cards from the NTA website from 15th April 2019. The declaration of the result is scheduled on 5th June 2019. The information bulletin containing detailed information of the test, syllabus, eligibility criteria to appear/ admission, reservation, classification of seats, examination fee, cities of examination, state code of eligibility, age, etc. is available on the website of NTA (www.ntaneet.nic.in). The Candidates may, therefore, check all the details in the online information bulletin before submission of application form.