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Health ministry limits NEET attempts to three; NEET-2017 to be counted as the first attempt

New Delhi: The union health ministry has clarified that NEET-2017 will be counted as the first attempt while considering the number of attempts a medical or dental aspirant has made in order to qualify for appearing in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Under Graduate (NEET-UG).

NEET-UG 2017, for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses (MBBS/BDS) in government and private colleges across the country, will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 7. Some institutes like AIIMS and PGI Chandigarh are exempted from the NEET ambit.

It was decided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in consultation with the Medical Council of India (MCI) that there shall be an upper age limit of 25 years as on the date of exam with five years relaxation for reserved categories and a maximum of three attempts for all candidates, according to a statement.

In the information bulletin published by the CBSE on its website, it was mentioned that the candidates who have already appeared in AIPMT/NEET on three occasions are not allowed to take this examination.

“It is now clarified that since any new regulation takes effect prospectively, NEET-2017 shall be counted as the first attempt for this purpose irrespective of the previous attempts in AIPMT/NEET, subject to the upper age limit,” the statement said on Friday.

“CBSE has been advised to make necessary corrections in the information bulletin and on their website cbseneet.nic.in so that any application is not rejected on this ground. Data pertaining to applications already rejected will be erased so that rejected applications can be filed afresh,” the statement added.

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