The Supreme Court on Thursday entitled candidates aged 25 years and above to apply and appear in the NEET-UG 2019 examination.

The bench consisting Justice SA Bobde, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice R. Subhash Reddy issued the following interim order in the Special Leave Petitions filed against a Delhi High Court judgment. The three-judge Bench observed that “If they are allowed to appear in the examination, they shall take the examination provisionally subject to the final outcome of these matters (case)”.

Issuing notice to National Testing Agency, the bench said that the portal of the National Testing Agency shall remain open for one week to accredit such candidates to apply for the NEET-UG 2019 examination.

The students have argued that the limitation of 25 years was “completely arbitrary”.

They even said lifting the upper age limits’ criterion would assist in more competitiveness, talent and would be eventually for the betterment of the medical professions. They said the country needed more doctors.

However, the High Court had earlier struck down a clause in the January 22 notification, which precluded candidates who have studied in open school or students who have had Biology or Biotechnology as an additional subject or those who had taken more than two years to complete their 11th and 12th or those who had studied privately from appearing in NEET.