Tamil Nadu’s Class XII State board examinations began on Thursday, but there is still confusion over whether aspirants to government medical and dental colleges in the state would need to take the controversial National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which has seen widespread opposition in Tamil Nadu.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami urged Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar to exempt Tamil Nadu from the NEET.
The CBSE Class X and XII exams for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will begin on March 9.
While Class X exams end on April 10, Class XII exams will continue until April 29.
While a total of 16.67 lakh candidates from across 16,354 schools will appear for the Class X examinations, around 10.98 lakh candidates from 10,677 schools across the country will appear for the Class XII examinations.
It is currently unclear how many students are expected to take the exams in the three southern states, according to the CBSE.