NEET 2017: SC, Allahabad HC adjourn age limit verdict to March 20
The Supreme Court has adjourned its final verdict on the NEET age limit controversy to Monday, March 20. A three member bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and Mohan M Shantanagoudar heard the arguments presented by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and decided upon the new date. The Court had previously adjourned its decision on the upper age limit from February 23 to February 27.
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The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, which was expected to give its verdict on February 27 in line with the Supreme Court's decision, has also adjourned its verdict to March 20. On Tuesday, February 28, the Allahabad High Court, after being informed about the Supreme Court's adjournment, stated, "It is...informed at the Bar that the matter was taken up yesterday and the Apex Court has been pleased to fix 20.3.2017 in the matter..Let the matters come up on 20.3.2017...In the event any orders are passed by the Apex Court, the same shall be brought to the notice of this Court as well."
UPDATE FROM SC ORDER: As per the SC order released on February 27, if the petitioners challenging the age limit succeed, the NEET application window will be reopened. However, relief will not be granted to any petitioner who hasn't approached the SC or HC before the NEET application form last date. "In case the petitioners succeed, the time for filling up the forms shall be extended. Needless to say, a person who has not approached either the High Court or this Court prior to expiry of the date cannot get the benefit of the order of this Court.", the order reads. It remains to be seen if the NEET 2017 age limit is removed on March 20, and if so, what the recourse for over-age candidates who did not or could not approach the Courts will be.
Before the adjournment order was passed by the Supreme Court on February 27, the Bench had asked the Medical Council of India whether there existed any provision for upper age limit in the existing Acts governing NEET or whether any such amendment had been appropriately introduced. The MCI replied to the Bench that while they do not have any such provision currently, they are in the process of introducing it. The MCI also informed the Court that it had introduced the upper age limit based on the CBSE’s guidance.
The case so far
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 upper age limit criteria was introduced via a notification issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the NEET organizing body, on January 31. The notification stated that the upper age limit for NEET 2017 would be fixed at 25 years for general candidates and 30 years for reserved category candidates. Till last year, the existing age related clause for the NEET exam regarding the upper age limit had been applicable to 15% All India Quota seats only. Students across the country had raised objections against the CBSE’s ‘unfair’ decision.
On February 10, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court by Sabyasachi Rai and other students, challenging the sudden introduction of this new eligibility criteria with the demand that the government roll it back. After the initial hearing on February 17, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Union government and the Medical Council of India seeking their reply on the age criteria for NEET 2017. As the last date for NEET applications was March 1, the Court had termed the matter urgent and requested for the Centre’s and MCI’s replies on February 23 so that it could pass its judgment at the earliest.
Adjournment raises further questions
The new adjournment has disappointed numerous students affected by the age limit clause, as it further hampers their exam preparations while raising question marks on how those who are above the age limit will be able to apply for NEET 2017 after the last date even if the SC’s final verdict goes in their favor.
Experts, however, suggest there are chances that the Supreme Court may direct the CBSE to re-open the NEET application process if the age-limit is scrapped. Dr. Anand Rai, a member of the team which filed the writ petition, said to Careers360, “While the delay may be frustrating for students, we are positive that the final judgment will be in our favor. The Court has asked the MCI and other respondents to show substantial reasons and evidences in favor of the upper age limit by March 20. Otherwise the Court has said that if the upper age limit is scrapped, the CBSE will have to reopen its online application interface for students who have been unable to fill the form on the previous date.”
Petition also pending in Allahabad HC
The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is also in the process of hearing a similar petition regarding the upper age limit. The case had originally been filed in the High Court on February 16 and the bench had directed the MCI and the CBSE to issue its response by February 20. The bench heard the MCI and the CBSE’s replies on February 23, and given that the matter was already pending in the Supreme Court, it also decided to adjourn its verdict to February 27. “We adjourn the matter for Monday i.e. 27.02.2017, calling upon the Central Government as well as the Medical Council of India to show cause as to why the petitioners be also not permitted to fill up their applications ignoring the upper age limit of 25 years”, the Bench had ordered. Before the adjournment however, the Court had stated that the MCI had yet to give a suitable answer as to why the Graduate Medical Education Regulations 1997 were not amended accordingly to introduce the age limit prescription.
On February 27, the two member bench of the Allahabad High Court in Lucknow, comprising Justices Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Sanjay Harkauli, had adjourned their decision to February 28, stating, "It has been informed at the Bar that the matter has been heard by the Apex Court and some orders have been passed. Put up tomorrow to enable the learned counsel to inform the Court about the orders passed by the Apex Court." On February 28, the Bench again adjourned the case in line with the Supreme Court's adjournement stating that, "...the orders of the Apex Court deserve to be awaited as this identical matter has been taken up before the Apex Court."
NEET aspirants challenging the age limit will now have to wait until March 20 to receive the final decision from both the Supreme Court and the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.
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in neet if a student getting less marks in chemistry 49 and 89 in additional subject physical education pcb-65 total will they replace my main subject chemistry by physical education will that make me un eligible for neet exam
the basic eligibility criteria to appear for NEET exam is candidate must have passed or appearing their 10+2 from recognized board with science stream subject having physics, chemistry and biology and candidate must have secured a minimum aggregate of 50 percent marks in PCB subjects altogether , for OBC/SC/ST it is 40 percent and for PWD it is 45 percent.
you cannot replace any subject with any other non considerable subject.
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I have scored marks as listed in serial no. in isc 12 board eng-65 hindi-86 physics-56 chemistry-49 biology-90 physical education-89 I am getting very less marks in chemistry then my additional subject physics education. will I face any problem in neet
Abhishek, your 12th marks are only considered for calculating your eligibility to appear for NEET. And 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. Now if you belong to OBC Category, the Category you belong to should be also listed in the Central OBC list. Or else you will be considered as General Category and so you have to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 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. Apart from this, your 12th marks are not required for admission to Medical Colleges. With your marks, you are eligible for NEET because you have an aggregate of 63% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology alone. There should be no problem in NEET for you.
A very good evening sir\mam. I had recently passed my 10+2 with 89.8% (jkbose) can i get the bvsc course seat through the pmsss. And is Neet required for the bvsc through pmsss?
PMSSS is a Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme. This is not an entrance examination or an alternative for NEET. If you want to study B.V.Sc NEET is a mandatory entrance examination. PMSSS only gives Scholarship for pursuing Education. And NEET is a National Level Entrance examination for admission to MBBS, BDS, Ayush and Veterinary Courses across India. So for studying B.V.Sc, you should appear for NEET. And 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. Now if you belong to OBC Category, the Category you belong to should be also listed in the Central OBC list. Or else you will be considered as General Category and so you have to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 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.
What Neet preparation strateg?
You haven't mentioned whether you are appearing for NEET 2020 or NEET 2021. If it is for NEET 2021, you need to stick to NCERT books atleast for now because NEET syllabus is going to be reduced to fit in the reduced Academic year due to Corona. But if this is regarding NEET 20200, you hardly have 37 days.
To help you with your NEET preparation, we have NEET Knockout packages that you can check at: https://learn.careers360.com/knockout-neet-may/. Physics needs utmost focus and time because it involves with theoretical concepts and numbers. There should be a systematic approach in preparing for NEET. The important topics are Mechanics, ElectroDynamics, Modern Physics, Heat and Thermodynamics, Optics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Waves. Formulae form an integral part of your preparation. The important topics are Optics, Ray Optics, Optical Instruments, Wave Optics, Electronic Devices, Electrostatics, Electric Charges and Fields, Thermodynamics, Electrostatic Potential, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic induction, Alternating current, Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter. Highest weightage goes to Optics at 10%. Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Electronic devices share 9%. Current Electricity and Electromagnetic induction, Alternating current take 8%. Dual Nature of Radiation gets 6% while Motion systems of rigid particles and body and Magnetic effects of Currents, Electromgentic waves and Magentism get 5%. Work, Energy and Power take 4%, Atoms and nuclei, Oscillation and Waves, Properties of Bulk Matter, Laws of Motion and Kinematics share 3% and the rest of the topics carry 2% weightage. Memorise as many formulae as you can and write them down and stick them as post its so that you can always see them. Practise regularly and try various kinds of questions. Solving previous papers and mock tests to test your improvement. Keep a clock and check the time its taking you to solve these questions. And improve the time as you practise more. One day of the week should be set aside for revision so as to keep the mind fresh. For reading what the toppers and experts have to say, please visit our page at: https://medicine.careers360. com/articles/how-prepare-for- neet-physics/amp . Chemistry is divided into Inorganic, Physical and Organic chemistry. For inorganic chemistry, you must refer to the NCERT.Coordination points get 9% of weightage. Thermidynamics takes the 8% and Equilibrium takes the 6% weightage slots respectively. Chemical Bonding and Organic structure carries the 5% weightage slot and rest of the topics carry 2-3% weightage in the exam paper.Chemical Bonding, Molecular structure, Solutions, Block Elements, Alcholos, Phenols and Ehters. Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids are important topics. Organic comprises of many reactions and reagents which can be practised by writing over and over again. Physical chemistry requires a comparatively deeper understanding of concepts, so preparing with the NCERT and referring to study material a level higher than NCERT should be the way to go. For more information, please visit our page at: https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/how-prepare-for-neet-chemistry . Biology is the biggest section in NEET, comprising about half of the exam, and acing this subject can help you in scoring more in the exam. Human Physiology and Genetics have maximum weightage in NEET. Diversity of Living Organisms has 14% weightage. Structural Organisationi n Plants and Animals takes 5%. Plant Physiology has 6% and Cell Structure and Function has 9%. Human Physiology has 20% weightage. Reproduction chapter has 9% and Genetics and Evolution has 18% weightage. Biology and Human Welfare has 9% weightage. Biology and its application has 4% weightage and Ecology and Environment has 6% weightage. It is advisable to practise questions of Genetics from previous year question papers, which will give you a thorough understanding of how the questions are being asked. Topics of Plant and Animal kingdom have a lot of portion to memorize. You can prepare these topics by making a comparative table for the sub-topics and studying it together. Plant physiology is also equally important and easy to score. For more tips, please visit our page at:
Is there any changes in neet 2021 syllabus?
NEET 2021 syllabus will be reduced and revised. The MHRD did mention that owing to the reduced Academic year, the syllabus will be reduced and revised. As of now, there is no official update as to what might be the topics that might be removed and what might be the topics that will be retained. So though it is true that NEET 2021 syllabus will be changing, we do not have the updated syllabus yet. So we would suggest you to stick to NCERT books as of now until MHRD officially announce the syllabus for NEET 2021. And if you are appearing for NEET 2021, 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. Now if you belong to OBC Category, the Category you belong to should be also listed in the Central OBC list. Or else you will be considered as General Category and so you have to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 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.