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NEET exam: Delhi HC stays CBSE notification on eligibility norms

The CBSE notification barred students from open schools, those who studied privately, those who took more than two years to clear class 11 and 12, and those who studied biology as an additional subject, from applying for the exam.

education Updated: Feb 28, 2018 21:41 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
The last date for submitting applications for NEET is March 9. (Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)

The Delhi high court on Wednesday put on hold the operation of a CBSE notification laying down eligibility conditions for MBBS applications, including an upper age limit of 25 years for general category and 30 years for reserved category.

The order was passed by a bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on several petitions moved by medical aspirants who are aggrieved by various other eligibility norms which bar them from applying for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-undergraduate for which the last date for submitting the application is March 9.

Under the CBSE notification, candidates who have studied in open school, students who have had biology as an additional subject, those who have taken more than two years to complete class 11 and 12, and students who have studied privately were not eligible to apply for the exam.

The court, while passing its interim order, made clear that while the candidates are allowed to submit their application for the entrance exam, it does not mean that they can sit for it.

The bench also said students from an open school or those who have studied privately should belong to a recognised board in order to apply for the exam.

The court said the interim order will continue till the next date of hearing on April 6.

First Published: Feb 28, 2018 13:09 IST