UGC sets limit on NEET attempts
Medical aspirants in India can now appear for NEET only thrice. This cap on age and attempts will make candidates focus on the field where their capability and passion lie instead of repeatedly appearing for NEET
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to limit the number of times a candidate can appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to three. With only three shots at the entrance exam for admissions to full-time MBBS and BDS courses, students will now be focused on their goals instead of trying their luck repeatedly at the examination.
In addition, the UGC also stated that the minimum age to appear for NEET is 17 years. The maximum age for open category students is 25 years, and 30 years for the reserved category. The number of older candidates competing with 17-year-old aspirants has been rising with each passing year in Maharashtra. About 12,000 repeat aspirants took the CET in 2007, while in 2008, the number grew to 13,568. According to data collected from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), the oldest candidate was 38 years old and at least another 100 aspirants were in their early 30s.