NTA revised eligibility criteria for NEET UG 2023 for Indian candidates abroad
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has revised the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2023 eligibility criteria for Indian candidates residing abroad. The amendment has been made on the basis of Supreme Court judgement on this case. In accordance with the amended guidelines, Foreign nationals, Indian nationals, NRIs, overseas citizens of India (OCIs), and people of Indian origin (PIOs) are all eligible for admission to medical, dental, ayurveda, siddha, unani, and homoeopathic institutes.
Prior to this change, OCI cardholders could only be admitted against an NRI or supernumerary seat.
The notice on the official website reads, “In pursuance of the Judgment dated 03.02.2023 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in W.P(C) 891/2021 and connected matters and in supersession of earlier corrigendum dated 31.03.2023 on the subject, aspiring OCI Candidates of NEET (UG) 2023 are hereby informed that the amended provision of Clause 5.2.2 of the Information Bulletin of NEET (UG) 2023 dealing with the Eligibility of OCI Cardholders for NEET (UG), shall be read as follows.”
The revised eligibility criteria reads, “Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons with Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental/ Ayurveda/Siddha/Unani/Homeopathy Colleges subject to rules and regulations framed by the respective State Governments, Institutions and the Government of India as the case may be.