Supreme Court to hear plea to consider validity of NEET EWS quota in second week of May:

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NEET 2022: The criteria state Rs 8 lakh as the upper limit of annual income for EWS category candidates for admission to medical colleges.

The Supreme Court will hear in the second week of May a petition regarding the validity of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) criteria for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) candidates. The criterion states Rs 8 lakh as the upper limit of annual income for availing EWS quota for admission to medical colleges.

NEET PG 2022 is to be held on May 23 while the results will be out on May 30. According to the Live Law report, senior advocate Arvind Datar has requested Bench Justices DY Chandrachud and Bela M Trivedi to hear the matter urgently as they have more time for the exam. There is no time left.

On January 7, the Supreme Court had allowed the commencement of the counseling process for NEET PG and UG for admission to the 2021-22 academic session. This was on the basis of the existing 27 percent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 10 percent reservation for EWS in the All India Quota.

Subsequently, the court upheld the constitutionality of the 27 percent OBC reservation, while for EWS, the apex court said that the existing criterion of 10 percent will be considered for admission in the current year so that there is no further delay in the admission process. The SC had listed the matter for March 2022 with respect to the norms laid down by the Pandey Committee for the identification of EWS for the future, while the MCC was allowed to follow the norms and conduct counseling.

The Pandey committee, constituted by the Centre, had revised the criteria for EWS reservation. Following this, it recommended retaining the annual income criterion of Rs 8 lakh but excluding those families who have five acres and above. Most have agricultural land, irrespective of their annual income. It also recommended the removal of the criteria in respect of residential properties but said these amendments would be implemented from the next academic year

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