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NEET 2017 aspirants need to be minimum 17 years to appear in exam: High Court

As of now, NEET aspirants get only three chances to appear for the entrance examination.

After the successful declaration of National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 results, yet another change in NEET has been announced.

Recently, the Punjab and Haryana high court have it mandatory for students applying for NEET exam to be minimum 17 years of age.

NEET entrance exam is held for admission to MBBS and BDS courses at medical education institutes across the country.

Reasons for this decision:

As reported by HT, the court came up with this order after hearing a plea filed by Jind resident Ranbir Singh Malik on behalf of his minor son had challenged the minimum age criteria to participate in NEET, arguing that no such limit had been prescribed by the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. His son will turn 17 in February 2018.

Earlier the court had allowed young Kuldeep Singh Malik to fill the application form for NEET 2017.

Later on,  the plea was dismissed the plea saying that letting any student appear for the exam before reaching the age of 17 would result in the exhaustion of chances.

As of now, NEET aspirants get only three chances to appear for the entrance examination.

Withdrawal of petition:

With things not going in favour of his son, the petitioner's father also tried to withdrew the petition so that his son could be permitted to avail three chances to appear in future.

With the centre raising objections to it, the high court declined the plea and observed that his son could avail only two chances more.

This condition is applicable from this year and all previous attempts under the All India Pre Medical Test have been discounted, according to HT.