The National Eligibility-Cum- Entrance Test (NEET) begins on Sunday at 2,200 examination centres in 104 cities across India. About 11,50,000 candidates are expected to take the test to get admission to 52,305 medical and dental seats.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which is conducting the test, has issued a slew of instructions for the candidates, including restriction on use of toilet in the last 30 minutes of the exam.
In Lucknow, nearly 50,000 candidates are appearing for the NEET at 64 different centres.
The instructions listed for them include restrictions on bringing any article other than those mentioned in the list. The candidates have also been asked to follow certain dress code.
They are also not allowed to carry any material except the admit card and photographs inside the examination hall and will not be allowed to leave the centre without completing the entire process.
Clocks at exam centres will be synced with the CBSE website’s time.
In Chandigarh confusion prevailed over Sikh students wearing iron bangle (kada) and carrying small sword (kirpan) as the candidates have been asked not to bring any articles or materials other than those listed by the CBSE.
Although the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had urged the CBSE to ensure that Sikh students were allowed to carry religious articles including kada and kirpan, the board officials said candidates have been asked to follow the bulletin guidelines as mentioned on the official website.
Joseph Emanuel, regional director of CBSE, said, “We request students to follow the exam guidelines. The purpose is to eliminate misuse and avoid unfair practices. There is no disrespect for the religion, but in the name of any religious symbol, there should not be any misuse.”
He added, “If a student is wearing a kada or kirpan, there is no problem, but if somebody comes wearing one with a wrong intention, how should we stop them? Our request to the students is to avoid bringing any religious article to the centre. But if somebody is very hurt, then we will take a decision at the centre-level after stringent frisking.”
Emanuel also said that there should be no more objections and apprehensions in this regard.