PUNE: In a move termed by many as ridiculous, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a list of directives to candidates appearing for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to strictly follow a dress code. Instead of conducting strict vigil to prevent malpractices during examinations, the CBSE is trying to push the responsibility to the students.
NEET coaching class trainers largely feel these rules are ridiculous as there is no scope for copying in the NEET examination. Professor Dilip Shaha, Director, Science Academy, said these rules are ridiculous and the CBSE is overacting here.
“NEET isn't theory paper, but is a multiple choice question (MCQ) format. The questions are application-based and the students get very less time to solve each question. The students have to study the syllabus of Class XI and XII, for which there are a total of 105 lessons. Moreover, there are many question paper sets," he said.
"Thus, it is practically impossible for students to carry notes to the examination hall and copy. This is very stupid and I totally oppose this. Because the CBSE isn't managing the process well and the papers are getting leaked, the students are being put through these stringent regulations,” Shaha said.
He said for the exams to be conducted efficiently, the process must be decentralised instead of making CBSE handle the exam in the whole country.
The ridiculous rules
According to the rules, male candidates can wear light coloured clothes like jeans, trousers, shirt (half sleeves only). The button of the shirt should not be very big. Also, kurta-payjama and shoes are not allowed. The candidates need to wear only slippers or sandals.
For female candidates, the dress code is light-coloured clothes with half sleeves and should not have big buttons, brooch/badge, flower and embroidery. Shoes are not allowed, slippers are allowed, sandals with high heels too aren't allowed.
Any kind of jewellery like ring, earrings, nose-pin, chain/necklace, pendants, and electronic gadgets will have to be left out of the examination halls. The Board has stated that no arrangements will be made to keep the belongings of the candidates safe.
If the candidate is wearing the customary dress, they need to report at the examination centre latest by 8.30 am, that is at least one hour earlier.
The dress code and other regulations were introduced at NEET exam centres since last year.
All the examination centres were declared 'No Tolerance Zones' and the candidates will not be given entry without admit card, passport sized photograph and other required material.
The notice states that in case any candidate is found in possession of any of the barred items inside the centre, it will be considered as use of unfair means and action will be taken accordingly.
- According to the rules, male candidates can wear light coloured clothes. The candidates need to wear only slippers or sandals.
- Any kind of jewellery like ring, earrings, nose-pin, chain, pendants, and electronic gadgets not allowed.