Hyderabad: For the national medical entrance test or NEET-2, which is to be held tomorrow (Sunday), the CBSE has imposed extremely strict — and rather strange — restrictions on candidates, to combat cheating. For example, women candidates have been told not to put on earrings, nosepins, chains, pendants, bracelets, brooches etc. They have been asked to come in light half-sleeve clothes without high heels! Male candidates have been asked not to wear shoes or socks. Instead, flip-flops or sandals are okay.
Also, handbags, goggles and belts will not be allowed inside the premises as there is no guarantee of safe-keeping at exam centres. As in the case of most entrance tests conducted by CBSE, the Neet will see a strict no for mobile phones, watches, calculators and other electronic gadgets. Two invigilators have been appointed for every 24 candidates and that number is alongside 15 board representatives who will oversee the exam process in Hyderabad.
These steps come in the wake of Eamcet-2 being embroiled in an alleged leakage row this week. Hyderabad coordinator for NEET-2 and DAV Principal, Seetha Kiran said these rules have been set in place at all test centres — not just the city. “This is a sensitive exam because the number of candidates is far higher than the number of seats. All instructions have been conveyed to candidates via e-mail,” she said.
In Hyderabad, 23,000 candidates will be appearing for the test at 29 centres. Ms Seetha Kiran has asked candidates to reach centres as early as 7.30 AM. Even the pen for writing will be provided by the board. “Frisking will be done on each candidate to ensure he or she is not carrying illegal items. Also ten metal detectors will be placed at centres hosting more than 1,000 candidates,” she said.
It may be mentioned here that candidates from TS, AP will be writing NEET-2 for admission into medical and dental courses under management quota at private colleges. The Centre has relaxed rules for 2016 for both states to fill convenor quota in government and private medical colleges through the respective Eamcet exams.