Delhi HC Opens Gate For Students From Open School To Take NEET, Upholds CBSE’s Age Limit Of 25 Yrs [Read Judgment]

In a major development, the Delhi High Court on Friday said students from open school can also take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) while upholding the CBSE’s upper age limit of 25 and 30 years for general and reserved categories, respectively, to apply for the pre-Medical test considering the limited number of seats and large number of aspirants in India. A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Chander Shekhar dismissed the petitions challenging the age limit while hoping that age and subject restrictions would not be required in near future.

The bench was of the view that the MCI has “proceeded on prejudice and assumption or a priori ex hypothesis predicated on the belief the students/candidates who do not attend regular schools, because of financial hardship and social reasons, are inferior and less deserving and turn downs. Such presumptions must be resoundingly rejected as contrary to the constitutional ethos and would clearly violate both Article 14 and right to opportunity to acquire professional degree”.

“NEET is a centralized and a single window examination, conducted in a transparent manner. This is a true and sure test of competence, caliber and aptitude. Professional degree would be awarded to students who meet the exacting standards and qualify the MBBS course. Impugned prohibition in the form of disqualification of students/candidates of open school Board is therefore disproportionate and unreasonable to the purported evil sought to be remedied, i.e. to filter out students who are not interested and do not have the caliber and intellect to undergo and clear the MBBS course,” it observed.

The court went on to add that, “[h]igher level of knowledge is liberating, enabling and empowering to those who suffer from prejudice and are financially challenged. Efforts have to be made and law must permit inclusion and not exclusion of such persons from portals of knowledge. Indian Constitution recognizes the affirmative action as an extension of the principle of equality. It would be unfair and unjust if we on vague and unsubstantiated pretence of unfitness close the door of knowledge on candidates, who have done class 12 from open school Boards. The restrictions envisaged would not only be unreasonable but would perpetuate inequality and hamper promotion of egalitarian social order and justice”.

“… we would accept that every person should be given an opportunity to compete for selection for neither age nor subjects studied in school matter, when the person has competence and calibre clear the entrance examination and successfully complete the MBBS course. Multidisciplinary approach in medicine and other fields is now accepted as necessary and beneficial.There are several countries that do not subscribe any restriction on age limit or the course/subjects studied during schooling without sacrificing quality and calibre.

“However, in the present context and background in India, given the limited number of seats and large number of aspirants, it is difficult to hold that the upper age limit is not a reasonable restriction, which has been imposed in the interest of general public. Hopefully, in near future, this situation would change, and age and―subject constraint and restriction would not be required and necessary,” said the bench.

While dismissing the challenge to the age limit for NEET, the court noted that one of the petitions seeking age relaxation was filed by Ritinath Shukla, a 45-year-old ward boy who wished to become a doctor.

“…Petitioner submits that they should be given preference and they want to upgrade their skills as a compounder/ward boy to that of a qualified doctor. We can empathize with the desire of Ritinath Shukla to appear in the NEET examination to qualify to selection to a medical college, but do not think this can be a ground to allow the writ petition and grant relief.

The bench further said, “…need to put the upper age limit was necessary as there are approximately 61000 seats for MBBS course in government and private medical colleges in the country. There has to be a level playing field for selection amongst lakhs of candidates who appear every year (in 2017, about 11 lakh candidates had appeared). It is obvious that a candidate who is 17 or 18 years of age will find it difficult to compete with a candidate who is above 26/31 years of age and has been studying for last 7 to 10 years or even more only to get admission to an MBBS course,” the court noted.

Conclusion

(a) Proviso to clause 4(2)(a) of the Regulations disqualifying recognized open school Board candidates is struck down and declared unconstitutional. Students/candidates, who have done class 12 from NIOS or recognized open school State Boards, would not be treated as per se disqualified for selection and appearance in NEET. Their NEET results, when otherwise eligible, would be declared with other candidates.

(b)Proviso to clause 4 prescribing upper age limit of 25 years in case of general category candidates and 30 years in case of reserved category candidates is legal and valid. To this extent, the writ petitions challenging vires of proviso to clause 4 of the Regulations are dismissed.

(c) In respect of private students, MCI has already issued a clarification, which appears to have satisfied grievance of the private candidates. In the light of the said clarification, no arguments have been addressed before us and, therefore, we have not decided or adjudicated on the said issue/aspect, the court said.

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Re-allot NEET exam centres, HC directs CBSE

The Madras High Court on Friday directed the CBSE to re-allot the NEET examination centres for Tamil Nadu candidates who were allotted centres in other states.

The order asked for the NEET exam centres to be allocated adjacent to the candidates’ place of residence or at least in the state at the earliest.

Candidates with similar problems of getting NEET exam centres outside their home state can apply for fresh seat allotments.

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Directive comes after a PIL filed

This move was taken by a division bench of justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and M while disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer S Kalimuthu Mylavan.

The petitioner had sought a direction to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for re-allotment of the NEET examination centres for the candidates from Tamil Nadu, who were assigned centres outside the state.

He had submitted that the TN candidates were allotted examination centres in other states unlike what was mentioned in their applications.

The petitioner had contended that most of the candidates were from rural areas and belonged to poor families and that they might not be able to afford their stay in other states.

He had prayed to the court to quash the April 18 public notice issued by the CBSE, which conducts the NEET, and for a subsequent direction to re-allot the examination centres for the candidates from Tamil Nadu.

Here’s what the bench of judges said:

“Because of allotment of exam centres in other states, the candidates will have to travel a long distance and there will be financial implications on them,” the bench said.

“We direct the CBSE that in respect of the candidates who have been allotted centres in Kerala, Rajasthan or other faraway places or in other states, (they) shall be allotted centres adjacent to their place of residence or at least in Tamil Nadu at the earliest,” it added.

The revised allotment should be intimated to the candidates by the CBSE by publishing the information on a website or newspaper, the bench said.

Candidates allotted seats outside their home state can get fresh seats

Similarly, candidates who have been allotted centres in other states can apply to the local NEET exam centre and get fresh allotments.

“On such representation, the same shall be considered by the authorities in a proper manner as directed above and such details shall be published,” the bench said.

About NEET

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to be held across the country on May 6, 2018.

CBSE conducts the test as per the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 (amended in 2016) and the Dentists Act 1948 (also amended in 2016).

The examination is held for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in India in medical/dental colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the ministry of health and family welfare, except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament ie AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.

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NEET UG 2018 On May 6; Last Minute Preparation Tips By Expert

The countdown to NEET UG 2018 exam has begun. With barely 6 days left for the exam, it is natural for aspirants to feel nervous and anxious. NEET is the one stop gateway to prestigious medical colleges in the country. Hence, the preparation for NEET examination requires a well-planned strategy both for the short and medium term. With approximately 13.36 lakh students registering for the examination, it is extremely crucial to not only crack the exam but also secure a good rank.

Here are a few important last minute tips given by Mr. Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla, which will help you ace the examination easily:

Study with short breaks: Studying for 12-14 hours at a stretch can lead to mental fatigue. Focus on quality of study rather than just the number of hours put in. It is advisable to take short breaks and relax your mind with light music or games.

Brush up basics:  A deep study of NCERT books is highly recommended. If you have prepared notes from NCERT, ensure you revise them thoroughly. Since there is a small gap between board and NEET examination, build on your board examination preparation.

Avoid reading any new topic or study material: With the ocean of study material available, it is common for students to fall prey to a new study material just a few days before the examination. Refrain from doing it. This will not only increase your stress level but also make you difficult to retain information learned at the last moment.

Strike the right balance: The study sessions should be a mix of theory, problem-solving and revising all previous years’ papers. Equal emphasis should be given to all subjects.

Revise concepts and formulae: Ensure that you devote ample time in revising important concepts and formulae. This will help you retain information better and boost your confidence.
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Know the focus areas: It is equally important to pay attention to selected topics. These are:-

  • Physics: Mechanics, Optics, Thermodynamics and Nuclear Physics
  • Chemistry – Mole Concept, General Organic Chemistry, Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Coordination Chemistry
  • Biology- Ecology and Environment, Genetics, Cell Biology, Morphology, Reproduction and Physiology of Plants and Animals, Basics of Biotechnology

Take mock tests in exam -simulated environment: Try to take mock tests to get into the groove and muster the art of time management. Stick to the time-limit and try to improve your performance with every mock test. It is better that you take mock tests at the examination timings to make yourself habituated to taking the examination at that time. After every mock test, analyze your performance. Work on your weak areas during the time of revision.

Keep calm and beat anxiety: Try to keep calm. Remember this is just another phase of life. Try to relax in a way that suits you- yoga, meditation, talking to friends over the phone, playing with your pets. Good Luck!

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NEET 2018: Plea in HC seeks to re-allot exam centres for NEET candidates in TN

A petition was filed in the Madras High Court on Wednesday seeking a direction to the CBSE for re-allotment of NEET examination centres for candidates from Tamil Nadu who were assigned centres outside the state.

First Bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose posted it for hearing tomorrow before a bench headed by Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh after a mention was made for taking up the matter urgently.

Petitioner S Kalimuthu Mylavan, an advocate, submitted that candidates who applied from Tamil Nadu were allotted NEET examination centres in other states and not according to their choice within the state as mentioned in their applications.

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The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to be held across the country on May 6.

Stating that at the time of applying, candidates are required to prefer three examination centres of their choice, the petitioner submitted most of them had chosen three centre situated nearby in their respective states.

The petitioner further said candidates from southern districts of the state had been allotted centres in neighbouring Kerala.

He contended that most of the candidates who had applied were from rural areas and from poor families and may not be able to afford to spend for their stay in other states.

He prayed the court to quash the April 18 public notice issued by Central Board of Secondary Education, which conducts NEET, and for subsequent direction to re-allot examination centres for candidates from Tamil Nadu to those nearest to their residences within Tamil Nadu.

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NEET – UG 2018 APPLICATION FORM CORRECTION PROCEDURE BEGINS

NEET 2018 Application Form Correction has been started from today. All the registered candidates of NEET – 2018 are informed that CBSE has started NEET 2018 application form correction procedure. The correction facility allows candidates to correct the particulars in the application, and the last date to do it is 17th March 2018 (11:50 PM). Continue reading

Single Common Entrance Test (CET) for MBBS aspirants across India

The Medical Council of India (MCI) decided to conduct single common entrance test (CET) for medical aspirants from across the country for MBBS and MD. The MCI has sent their recommendation to the ministry of health and family planning and is awaiting its approval. MCI said it is expecting the government to approve the proposal so that it can it can be implemented in the coming academic year.

There are around 70,000 seats for MBBS and 21,000 seats for MD in institutions across India. Currently, every state government conduct their own entrance test. Similarly, private medical college association, deemed universities and minority institutes who offer medical education too conduct their own CET. Candidates most often take all these tests as they don’t want to risk their chances. Last time, the MCI had lost the case in the court on technical grounds. Continue reading