NEET 2017: Lodha Committee recommends scrapping age limit, MCI agrees
In what comes as a major boost to lakhs of NEET aspirants across the country, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has agreed to remove the controversial upper age limit rule for NEET 2017, media reports mentioned on Friday, March 17. This comes right on the heels of reports which stated that the Supreme Court mandated Oversight Committee on the MCI, headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, had already recommended on February 28 that the age eligibility criteria be removed from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017. With students nervously awaiting the Supreme Court’s final verdict on the issue on Monday, March 20, these new developments may have already clinched the decision in their favour.
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Speaking to Careers360, noted activist Dr. Anand Rai, who is part of the petition team challenging the age limit criteria, said, “We are pleased to know that the Oversight Comittee headed by Justice Lodha has arrived at this conclusion. It is imperative for the Supreme Court to take into consideration the Committee’s recommendations for the hearing and this should mean that the verdict is passed in our favour.” Dr. Rai also implored the CBSE and the MCI to officially remove the age limit criteria so that the matter can be resolved before reaching the Court on Monday. “A lot of students have gone through tremendous mental agony due to this prolonged legal battle. While it is good that the MCI has declared that it is removing the age limit criteria, the CBSE as the exam implementing body should immediately issue an official notification on this and re-open NEET applications so that the matter can be resolved before March 20 itself and students rendered ineligible earlier can apply for NEET 2017.”
The Oversight Committee, which was formed by a five member Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave in May last year to oversee the functioning of the MCI, had recommended in its report on the age limit issue that given the “dearth of doctors in the country”, the upper age limit criteria for admissions through NEET should be removed. Earlier on Thursday, MCI Vice-President Dr. CV Bhirmanandam informed media persons that they had received the recommendations of the Oversight Committee and had decided to go with it. "The Oversight Committee felt such limitations will reduce the number of doctors in the country. The Union Health Ministry agreed and suggested the recommendations to us. We have passed it," Dr. Bhirmandandam was quoted as saying. It is believed that the Lodha Committee’s recommendations do not include suggestions on introducing any alternate upper age limit or other criteria.
The NEET upper age limit criteria has been in the eye of a storm ever since the CBSE issued its controversial eligibility notification on January 31 this year. The notification, which introduced unexpected changes to the NEET 2017 rules including caps on the number of attempts and a new upper age limit of 25 years (30 years for reserved candidates) disqualified thousands of MBBS/BDS aspirants in one stroke. After protests by student bodies across the country, the CBSE issued a clarification on February 6, revoking the rule on the number of attempts. On February 10, a petition challenging the upper age limit criteria was filed in the Supreme Court by Sabyasachi Rai and other students with the demand that the government roll it back. A similar petition was filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on February 16.
Both the Apex Court and the Allahabad High Court had issued notices to the Medical Council of India and the Centre to clarify how the NEET upper age limit criteria has been determined, and whether the correct procedure had been followed in its introduction. On February 27, a three member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and Mohan M Shantanagoudar had heard the arguments presented by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and decided to adjourn the verdict to March 20. The Allahabad High Court followed suit a day later.
Worringly for students, the Supreme Court order on February 27 had stated that if the verdict was passed in the petitioners’ favour, the NEET application window would be reopened only for those aspirants who had approached various Courts before the NEET Application Form last date of March 1. However, it is now expected that the final judgement will make the application window open for all.
It now remains to be seen if the CBSE and the MCI release official notifications revoking the upper age limit criteria and re-opening the NEET application window in the next two days, thereby effectively ending another proctracted NEET related battle in favour of students, or whether some other arguments or clauses remain to be introduced which can only be resolved by the Supreme Court verdict on March 20. If the MCI and Lodha Committee statements are anything to go by, the students can definitely believe that the odds are in their favour.
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NEET is not compulsory to pursue BSc. Psychology course after 10+2. Some of well reputed colleges or universities offer the admission through entrance examination conducted by concerned institute. In fact, you don't even need to appear NEET for the course. You can go for the entrance exams conducted by some of the top institutes in India offering the BSc. Psychology course.
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i scored 70.2% in class 12 and appearing for neet will i be able to study in canada with these less marks
You must have passed out a minimum of 10+2 exam from the recognized board of study and with the mandatory subjects of physics, chemistry, and biology which you have already done as per what you have said in your question
You will be required to qualify the Medical college admission test (MCAT) which is the medical entrance exam of the country and is mandatory in nature.
The English language proficiency would also be tested in Canada thus candidate has to qualify the TOEFL or the IELTS exam with the minimum score of 90 out of 100.
So before applying do look into all these things and if you fit the criteria you can go to Canada to study medicine.
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In alphabets use any alphabet from a to z both in upper and lower case and along with that use numericals and common symbols such as #@* and &
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Sir I have no right hand and I am left handed should I eligible to apply for neet
under Physical Disability, locomotor disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment and Speech and Language disability are the conditions eligible for PWD reservation. Now your Locomotor disability should not exceed 70% for being able to claim PWD reservation Loss of right hand mounts to 50% disability. And so you are technically eligible for appearing in NEET as right hand is not your dominant hand as per what you have said in your question and also claiming PWD reservation. Now, this is the general information .medical counselling keeps making changes over the years regarding PWD reservation And so we would suggest you to reach out to NTA at their helpdesk at:
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from general category I have scored 99 marks in biology, 37 in chemistry & 36 in my 12 board exam will i face any problem in neet counseling or in admission process?
Abhishek, to be eligible for NEET, you should have completed your 12th, passed in all subjects and secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is 50% for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST. This 50% is inclusive of the Theory and Practical marks scored in Physics, Chemistry and Biology collectively. You needn't score 50% in Physics, 50% in Chemistry and 50% in Biology separately. You need an aggregate of 50% or 40% depending on your Category as an aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. And along with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, you should also have studied English as one of the core subjects in your 12th. If your marks are both Theory and Practicals combined and your over all result is Pass in each subject and as well overall, then you are eligible for NEET. Or else unfortunately you are not eligible and you may have to reappear for those subjects which you haven't passed.