New Delhi, April 11: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to reject the applications of candidates coming from open school for the upcoming National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG till the exam’s eligibility criteria is decided.

Earlier, the CBSE has said open school candidates are not eligible following which 13 candidates had filed a petition demanding CBSE to remove this. On February 28, another bench of the high court had put a hold on the operation of CBSE’s January 22 notification.

Meanwhile, the CBSE is going to conduct the NEET 2018 exam on May 6, 2018, and this week the board will be releasing the Admit Cards.

The 13 MBBS candidates from Kerala submitted a plea saying they have completed their higher secondary school education (10 plus two) from open schools or through private schooling. And this notification of CBSE bars them from sitting for the NEET-UG exam.

CBSE has issued a notification on January 22 reading that candidates who have studied in open school, students who have had biology or biotechnology as an additional subject, those who have taken more than two years to complete their 11th and 12th and students who have studied privately, were not eligible to apply for the examination.

Passing an interim order on February 28, the court has said that the candidates will be allowed to submit their application for the entrance test but it does not mean they can sit for the examination. The bench also said that candidates those who have studied privately or from open school should belong to a recognised board in order to apply for the exam. The NEET exam is being conducted by the CBSE board every year for admission to medical and dental courses.