The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said on Wednesday that there was no bar on wearing customary dress for candidates appearing for the pre-medical retest. However, the board has asked such candidates wearing them to report early so that they can be frisked.
The circular comes a few days after HT had reported that the CBSE advisory on dress code had put Muslim aspirants in a spot, especially for girl students wearing their headscarf (purdah).
The CBSE has for the first time issued such an advisory as the All India Pre Medical Entrance (AIPMT) is being re-conducted on July 25 after the Supreme Court quashed the earlier test when cases of cheating were reported from different centres in Haryana, Rajasthan. According to the police, the candidates had used special vests with sim card units and bluetooth-enabled devices.
“There is no bar on wearing customary dress or for such candidates appearing from centres in extreme climatic conditions. However, such candidates should ensure their presence for frisking by metal detectors at least half an hour before the last reporting time, ie 9:30am,” said the statement from CBSE.
The instruction on the admit card by CBSE mentions that boys or girls, cannot wear a “scarf”. They must not turn up in “full sleeves” either and “light clothes” are preferable. Shoes aren’t allowed, but slippers are fine.
The board has clarified that it has put the dress code advisory on the admit card as it may delay entry in the examination centres and cause inconvenience to the candidates during frisking by metal detectors. The instructions on the admit cards ask students to not bring items and materials which may be used for unfair means and for hiding electronic devices.
Meanwhile, the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to prescribe a dress code for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT).