NEET Attempts: While earlier there had been no limit to the number of attempts for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the same was revised lately. The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently announced that the medical and dental aspirants would be allowed to make only 3 NEET attempts. A maximum of three attempts were to be given till the candidate met the age criteria of 25 years. The age limit for the reserved categories was set to a maximum of 30 years.
The notification, out in January 2017, stated that the candidates who have already appeared for AIPMT/NEET thrice earlier would not be eligible for NEET 2017. The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India later sought clarification on the same from the Medical Council of India (MCI) and it was clarified that the AIPMT/ NEET attempts made by the candidates prior to 2017 would not be counted.
However, the age limit as well as the attempt restriction has now been removed. The Medical Council (MCI) has removed these restrictions taking note of a suggestion given by the Supreme Court-appointed oversight committee. “The oversight committee wrote to the MCI and the ministry of health and family welfare on February 28, asking them to remove these restrictions. The ministry asked the MCI to adhere to its advice”, confirmed a source. The committee is said to have passed a unanimous decision to go by the court-appointed panel’s suggestion.
Important Points Related to NEET Attempt
- The candidates who did not apply for the NEET examination due to the announcement of the three NEET attempts condition shall now be able to fill the application form.
- There is no upper age limit
- There is no restriction to the number of NEET attempts
- No state or any other examination such as AIIMS or JIPMER attempts would be counted.
- It is not mandatory to attempt NEET continuously every year. You can give a gap in between as per your convenience.
NEET Eligibility Criteria
The candidates must fulfil the below mentioned in order to be eligible for NEET attempt 2017:
- He/ She must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or should be 17 years on or before 31st December 2017 that is the year of admission to the 1st
- The candidates can be Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s) or Foreign Nationals.
- The candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English in their 12th
- The aggregate marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology should be at least 50%. For candidates belonging to the SC, ST and OBC categories, the minimum marks obtained must be 40%.
Important Dates Related to NEET
- NEET 2017 Admit Card Release Date: 15th April 2017
- NEET 2017 Exam Date: 7th May
- NEET 2017 Result Declaration: 8th June 2017
- NEET Counselling: Counselling shall be held after NEET 2017 result declaration. The date is yet to be announced.