Scrapping NEET-UG upper age limit to fulfill aspirations of wide cross section

Candidates over 25 years old have been relieved by the NMC’s decision to remove the upper age limit for NEET UG. The upper age limit for candidates in the unreserved categories was 25 years and for those in the reserved category it was 30 years. Students between the ages of 25 and 35 will be able to benefit from the official announcement about the lifting of the upper age limit.

Students who are interested in Homeopathy/Allopathy, as well as women who have previously been burdened by family responsibilities, will be able to pursue their MBBS dreams. Candidates over 40 years old often find the NEETUG exam beneficial for their academic goals. Aspirants over 60 have been able to take the exam, some even qualifying it, thanks to the Supreme Court’s relief in the past three years. “Age bar is not applicable in other countries so it makes sense that we remove the barrier,” a senior official of the health ministry said under anonymity.



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He says that the medical profession requires continuous learning, with newer medicines and diseases emerging each year. Candidates should not face any obstacles like age. There was no upper age limit in 2017. However, with the Medical Council of India’s (MCI), the board of governors, which is constantly changing, recommended that an age cap be established. This was because it was felt that coaches teachers (aged 40-45) would take the exam to gain a feel for the question bank. These efforts will be redundant due to the transparent nature of the question banks, which are updated quite often. He says that candidates will need to use their brains to solve the deductive types of questions. “Rote memorisation will not work.” Official also pointed out that candidates who take the exam more than once may not be as prepared. In fact, those who take the exam twice or three times are likely to do better than those who only attempt it once. The official states that although the age limit will be removed, it will not affect the performance or the number of applicants.

Every year, 15 lakh people apply for NEET-UG to fill the 1,18,000.316 seats in India (as of 2020). If more people take part in a single nationwide competitive exam, those who prepare well will be able score higher ranks and choose the college of their choosing. It doesn’t have any upper age limits or restrictions on how many times you can attempt it. This will give those who couldn’t make it their best shot another chance to try, as well as those who are unable to due to financial and family pressures.” Dr Somashekhar SP is chairman & HOD Surgical Oncology – MHEPL, Manipal. He cites the classic case of a 64-year old retired bank manager and medical aspirant who was accepted into a college in Orissa. He was not able to enter the medical field in the 1970s and, unwilling to give up a year, he enrolled in Physics Honors BSc. But he had a strong desire and the motivation of his family and his daughter to fulfill his dream of making a difference in society.

He believes that the NMC’s decision will encourage aspirants to apply for NEET and also increase the doctor-patient ratio (the ideal being 1000-1 according to WHO norms), especially in small towns.

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