NEET Controversy 2018: CBSE issues public notice on eligibility; petitioners to approach Delhi HC
Somesh S Menon, 26 Feb 2018, #NEET
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Once again reiterating its stance that it has no role to play in the determination of the NEET eligibility criteria, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a public notice on February 24, 2018, stating that all grievances received from open school students, those who have passed Class XII as private candidates or with Biology as an additional subject “stand disposed off”. As per the NEET exam conducting body, its responsibility is only limited to holding the NEET examination based on the eligibility criteria provided by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The notice comes days after the CBSE had issued its additional FAQs document on February 15, 2018, in which it had first stated that it would not be replying to any query or grievance on the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria and that all concerns in this regard should be directed to the Medical Council of India (MCI).
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A massive controversy has been raging around the eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 ever since the CBSE issued the official NEET prospectus on February 8. Candidates above the age of 25 years, NIOS and open school board students and those who had passed their Class 12 as private candidates or with Biology as an additional subject were all rendered ineligible as per changes made by the MCI to the ‘Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997’.

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Apart from receiving a backlash from aspirants and parents alike, the notification also triggered a wave of doubts and grievances being sent to the CBSE from students who suddenly found themselves ineligible without warning. It is in response to these grievances that the CBSE has issued its latest notice, categorically stating that it “has no role to play in deciding the eligibility conditions for NEET (UG)”. 


The notification can be seen below:

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Petitioners approach Delhi High Court

Earlier on Friday, February 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of India had directed candidates protesting against the new NEET eligibility criteria to first seek relief from a High Court. The writ petition in this regard, heard by a two-member Bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao, was first filed to challenge the upper age limit but was later tagged with separate ones dealing with the eligibility of open school students.

Following this directive, Dr. Amit Gupta, the Kota-based education activist who has been at forefront of raising this issue and rallying the affected students, declared on Twitter, “Affected Candidates are advised Not to Waste Money in other High Court of India. All the 3 cases of #NEET (age limit/NIOS+Private/additional biology) are already submitted in Delhi HC”. This is in keeping with the rule specified in the NEET 2018 prospectus as per which “All disputes pertaining to the conduct of examination and allotment of seats shall fall within the jurisdiction of Delhi only”. With only two weeks left for the NEET application form to close, the ineligible candidates are now hoping that the Delhi High Court takes cognizance of their petition at the earliest and allows them to appear for NEET 2018.

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Is there any change in the neet ug pattern 2020?? will it be more hard or same as earlier???

Rehan Alam Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

As of now there is no confirmation regarding change of pattern in NEET UG. The only authentic information is that NEET is merged with JIPMER and AIIMS and from 2020, there will be no separate exams for AIIMS and JIPMER but only NEET.

However, the pattern change is not announced.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


my age is 09 November 2003 I will give neet or not

VIPIN KUMAR 19th Nov, 2019


Well Happy birthday hope so you doing well.

As per NTA neet 2020 Eligibility

  • The minimum age of a candidate as on December 31, 2020, should be 17 years
  • Candidate must have cleared Class XII or equivalent from a recognized institute
  • Candidate must have cleared Class XII or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

So Check you date of birth accordingly and fill that form .and neet application form is going to start from 02 nd December .


my age is 09 November then I am able for neet or not

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019
If you were born on November 9th, 2003 to be eligible for NEET 2020, you should be 17 years old atleaat by December 31st, 2020. But you will turn 17 by November 2020 itself. So, you are eligible for NEET. Belated birthday wishes. Please look at NEET 2020 eligibility criteria:


  • Indian Nationals, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs, and Foreign Nationals
  • No upper age limit as of now. The Candidate should be at least 17 years by December 31st of 2020
  • You should have completed your 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as your Core Subjects.
  • 50% Aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST Candidates.
  • NIOS and Private Candidates are also eligible


Registration Dates: 2nd to 31st December, 2019
Downloading of Admit Cards: 27th March, 2020
Date of Examination: 3rd May, 2020
Date of Announcing Result: 4th June, 2020

my age is 09 November 2003 than i am fill the form of neet

Arya 19th Nov, 2019

Hi Mithali,

The National Eligibility cum entrance Test is conducted every year for admissions to various Undergraduate medical courses in India. For eligible for answering NEET 2020, one should be at least 17 years old on or before 31st December 2020. As you will be 17 on 9th November 2020, you will be eligible to answer the examination.


what is eligibility to get 85 percent state quota in Uttarakhand in neet exams. my child is studying in haryana while our native state is Uttarakhand and we have all documents of Uttarakhand

VIPIN KUMAR 19th Nov, 2019

Hey Sir,

The 85% state quota seats mean seats in all government colleges of the states/union territories respectively. Counselling for such seats will be conducted by the the respective state authorities.

and if you have domicile of uttarakhand  state then you can claim also can you tell me how long have you been in haryana so i will explain you that you are eligible in neet 2020 for haryana sate quota seat or not. see the NEET ELIGIBILITY accordingly.

Thank you

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