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NEET UG Eligibility Requirements are Relaxed, Biology Accepted as an Extra Subject

NEET UG Qualification Standards: The NEP, which allows for flexibility in the subjects studied in Class 12, was taken into consideration when making this decision, according to NMC.

After passing class 12 from duly recognised boards, students who pursued physics, chemistry, biology, or biotechnology along with English even as an additional subject will be eligible to appear in the NEET-UG exam.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) stated in a notice to the public on Wednesday that this decision will be applicable to students whose applications were previously denied.

The former Medical Council of India (MCI) controlled admission to and selection from MBBS programmes under Chapter-II of the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997, including several amendments.

The Undergraduate Medical Education Board of the NMC stated in the public notice that candidates had to have completed two years of regular or continuous study of the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Biotechnology in Classes 11 and 12, along with practical, in addition to English.

The two years of study had to be completed at regular schools; private candidates or open schools were not accepted.

Furthermore, the notice stated that after passing Class 12, study in Biology and Biotechnology or any other required subject could not be continued as an extra subject.

The Delhi High Court had challenged the provisions, and on May 11, 2018, the court quashed them in that case as well as other related matters.

Due to the statutory regulations in this regard, namely the Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002 and the Screening Test Regulation, 2002, this had a consequential impact on the candidates seeking admission in graduate and primary medical courses in foreign medical institutes.

In light of this, applicants were denied entry to the NEET-UG Test and had their requests for eligibility certificates denied.

As of June 2, the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023 have been formulated by the NMC.

According to Regulation 11(b), candidates may appear in the NEET-UG if they have passed 10 2 or its equivalent in the subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology, and Biology.

“Therefore, after the framing of Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023 the earlier Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 including the various amendments stand repealed prospectively,” the notice from the NMC stated.

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