The Delhi High Court has asked the central government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to file their responses to the petition seeking a review of the upper age limit for appearing in the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT). Under existing policies, only those under 25 years are eligible to sit in the exam.
15 September has been fixed as next date for hearing and a bench of Justice Manmohan has asked the concerned authorities to reply before that.
However, the court decided not to intervene into the matter as the upper age limit was introduced about eight years back.
The plea was filed by Tatsat Mishra, a MBBS aspirant who has moved the court as he will be exempted from the counseling process, even if he qualifies as he exceeds the upper age limit exactly by 16 days on 31 December. The counseling sessions will be held from 01 July in three rounds.
As per the current eligibility criteria, the upper age limit of a candidate must be 25 years on December 31 in the year the examination is held.
Mishra challenged the upper age limit on the basis that a such criteria was not set by the MCI and the CBSE cannot do the same as its role is limited only to conduct the exam and not to lay down any eligibility norms.
However, CBSE has confirmed the court that age limit was introduced on June 27, 2008 with due approval from the MCI.
Mishra, represented by advocate Ajit Sharma challenged the upper age limit criteria on the basis that such a norm is against the fundamental right of a student and prevents him from pursuing his chosen profession.