More than 11,000 medical aspirants took the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) at 22 examination centres in Kota on Sunday amid security and complying with the CBSE dress code.
The Supreme Court on April 28 gave the green signal to the CBSE to hold the NEET — common entrance exams for undergraduate medical and dental courses — in two phases. The second phase has been scheduled for July 24. NEET replaced the AIPMT (All-India Pre-Medical Test) held by the board.
In the absence of a common entrance test, students seeking admission to the MBBS or BDS course had to make multiple applications and take scores of tests conducted by states.
CBSE’s Kota coordinator Pradeep Singh Gaur said the NEET-1 was held peacefully. “Out of the total 11,759 aspirants, around 248 skipped the examinations; so 11,511 aspirants appeared for NEET today,” said Gaur.
Candidates were frisked and made to pass through metal detectors at the centres. “Mobile jammers were installed at the examination centers in Kota to avert any possibility of cheating,” he said.
Aspirants in prescribed dress code were allowed to enter the centres. The candidates were required to wear light clothes – with half sleeves with small buttons — so that they won’t be able to hide instruments or communication devices.
Students were allowed to wear sandals or slippers. They were asked to deposit accessories such as necklace and earrings outside examination rooms. Aspirants, allowed entry with admit cards and passport- and postcard-size photos, were given pens at the centres.
Manmeet Singh (17), an aspirant, told HT that torches were used to check ears of candidates for detection of hidden Bluetooth devices. The examination started at 10am and aspirants were allowed entry into centres between 7.30am and 9.30am.
“I belong to Jhalawar and my mother was hospitalised, so I reached the examination centre around 2 minutes late. I was not allowed to take the examination,” said Priyanka Singh (17).
Manmeet said she found the biology part easier than physics and chemistry. Mansi Nahar (17) said, “Physics had more calculations, so I found it a little tougher than biology and chemistry.”
The results for the two phases of NEET will be announced on August 17. The admission process, based on the single test, will be over by September 30.