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No limit on age or attempts for NEET: Medical Council of India

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The Medical Council of India (MCI) has lifted the age bar and limit on number of attempts for a candidate wish to appear in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Based on recommendations from the oversight committee and the Union Health Ministry, the MCI said both limitations were being removed. “The oversight committee felt such limitations will reduce the number of doctors in the country. The Union health ministry agreed and suggested recommendation to us. We have passed it,” said MCI vice-president Dr C V Bhirmanandham.

“We give everyone the opportunity to clear the test. Students who don’t make it this year either because they haven’t prepared for the test or because they haven’t applied for the test on time can always try later. It gives even undergraduate students an opportunity.”

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An earlier bulletin from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on NEET had said, a candidate can appear only thrice for the test.

It was also clarified that attempts made for AIPMT/NEET before 2017 would not be counted and NEET-2017 would be the first attempt for all aspirants.

Moreover, the upper age limit was fixed at 25 years for candidate appearing for NEET (Undergraduate). Candidates belonging to reserved categories were given a five-year relaxation in upper age limit.

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