NEET Exam 2018 Chaos over Centre Allocation and Strict Guidelines issued by CBSE
With only one day to go for the NEET Exam, students are still left confused as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued some new guidelines this year and has allocated far off centres to students of Tamil Nadu.
CBSE had made the decision that students from Tamil Nadu would have to travel to Kerala or Rajasthan to give the exam. This came as a huge dissapointment to those students who belong to poor backgrounds as they are unable to afford the expenses to travel to a different state. Moreover, since it is the summer season, booking a ticket for a train is a difficult job as most families are out on summer vacations.
The Madras High Court asked the CBSE to set up more centres in Tamil Nadu. The CBSE then approached the High Court to state that it couldn’t shift the centres on such a short notice 2 days before the exam.
In addition to this, the Delhi High Court allowed a plea moved by Sikh Students to allow the carrying of ‘kada’ and ‘kirpan’ inside the exam centre. CBSE has issued the following guidelines for the students giving NEET 2018:
1. Candidates who have applied for the examination to kindly go through the advised dress code as suggested in the NEET 2018 Admit Card. Please note that the students are advised to wear light-coloured half-sleeve dress. Also, belt, cap, ornaments, watch and any other metallic item including jewellery like nose-pin, neck chain, earrings, etc. are not allowed.
2. Students are also not allowed to wear shoes in the examination hall. All candidates are hence advised to wear open sandals. Last year many students were asked to remove their shoes and write the examination barefoot. Hence, please note these instructions very carefully.
3. Students who are obliged to or wish to wear customary head gear (like turban for sikh students) and burqa, etc., are advised to reach the examination centre an hour ahead of the scheduled time. This is done as the students would be required to undergo mandatory frisking.
4. Mobile phones, smart watches (including digital watches) and any kind of electronic devices are forbidden. Students would not be allowed to carry them inside the examination hall. Also, there may not be any provision for safe keeping of any such devices. Students are hence advised against carrying them to the centres. Other restricted items include geometry/pencil box and handbags. Also – Students are NOT REQUIRED/ ALLOWED to carry pens. They would be provided at the centre.
5. Students/ Candidates are mandatorily required to carry their Admit Cards to the Examination Halls. All the admit cards should have a coloured photograph duly attached (as instructed on the admit card) and also carry a separate coloured passport sized photograph for attendance purposes.
The NEET Exam is scheduled to take place on 6th May, 2018. The students are still worried over the chaos that is erupting over the new guidelines and many are left dissappointed.