NEET aspirants demand date extension for national level medical exam

After raising concerns about the age limit of 25 years and number of attempts (three) for NEET, aspirants have now approached the Supreme Court (SC) for change in date of the national level exam, citing exams of CBSE and UP board ending barely in time for the medical entrance to be held early next month.

Social media is abuzz with the demand by a group under the name 'NEET-UG 2017 Date Extension Supporters' created on the same.

As per the documents submitted in the court, aspirants from the city and state have pointed out that while the last examination for UP board is on April 21, those appearing for CBSE board will have their last their intermediate examination on April 29. NEET has been scheduled for May 7.

"For NEET, course from both classes XI and XII is part of the exam. When intermediate students are finishing so late in April, they will only get around 10 days for preparation of the class XI course which is really unfair," said Ghulam Nabi, an aspirant.

While the age limit of 25 years was scrapped by the SC only recently following several lawsuits, aspirants believe it was also the two months of the case hanging in the court that has cost them the preparation time. "There is not enough time given between board exams and NEET, when the latter covers 100% of the medical seats. Earlier, students at least had the option of state medical entrances but now even that has been done away with," said Pradeep Chowdhury, another aspirant.

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