Now, Medical aspirants across India can attempt the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) at only three shots. A new rule has been introduced to limit the thousands of medical aspirants who keep applying for the examination.
Every year 4.75 lakh candidates appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical college admission, which take place in 739 centres in 56 cities. The total number of medical seats available in the country is 52,965.
To discourage the thousands of candidates who keep attempting the examination over and over again, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has set an age limit and attempt limit for the exam. The candidates must also fulfil the new age limit if they wish to appear for the medical and dental exam.
The minimum age limit to appear for NEET is 17 Years
The maximum age limit for unreserved category students is 25 Years
The maximum age for the Schedule Caste (SC)/ Schedule Tribe (ST) another backwards category is 30 Years
Now, students will get only three chances to clear the examination.
Earlier there was no such age criteria for the students due to which the numbers of attempts were also not limited.
“This is a good decision. Some applicants keep taking the test, and when they don’t pass the cut, they join BSc college and keep taking a medical entrance test. This decision would also bar the faculty of coaching classes who keep on attempting the test to understand the changing patterns. The NEET information brochures will be distributed soon,” says The Director at the Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education and Research,
“We often observed the coaching classes field candidates, and sometimes it leads to cheating and fraud,” say experts. The Medical College Principals have welcomed this step saying that this cap on attempts and age will force applicants to focus on the field where their passion and capability lie.
Two years ago, it may be recalled, the All India Pre Medical Test had to be conducted again as it was revealed that 90 answers had been transmitted to the candidates during the examination, for a fee of Rs 15 to 20 lakh. The AIPMT-2015 scandal had at least 45 beneficiaries who were supplied with special vests fitted with SIM cards and a bluetooth device, among other equipment, to facilitate the transmission of answers.
While all-India data is unavailable, in Maharashtra, the number of older candidates competing with 17-year-old aspirants has been rising with each passing year. About 12,000 repeat aspirants took the CET in 2007, while in 2008, the number grew to 13,568. According to data collected from the DMER, the oldest candidate was 38 years old and at least another 100 aspirants were in their early 30s.