Amid tight security cover at each of the 27 exam centres in Chandigarh, as many as 17000 students appeared in the national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET), on Sunday.
Four head constables and inspectors were deployed at each of the centres. No case of confusion was reported at the time of entrance in the morning.
Entry of the students had begun at 7:30 am till 9:30 am. Students were made to enter the exam halls in two slots. First slot was between 7:30 am and 8:30 am while second slot began at 8:30 am till 9:30 am.
The exam had begun at 10 am.
A confusion over kada and kirpan was sorted out on Saturday when the CBSE regional director had asked students to avoid bringing any religious item to the hall.
Although the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had urged the central board of secondary education (CBSE) to ensure that Sikh students be allowed to appear in the exam with religious symbols including kada and kirpan, CBSE officials had said that students have been asked to follow the bulletin guidelines as mentioned on the official website..
Joseph Emanuel, regional director of CBSE said, “We had request students to come as per 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 the religious symbol, there should not be any misuse.”