Dress code adds to anxiety of NEET candidates

Dress code adds to anxiety of NEET candidates

A student removes her jewellery before entering the hall for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test at an exam centre in the city on Sunday. DH Photo

Hundreds of students from different states took the 'The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test' (NEET) here on Sunday. 

At Alpine PU College in the city, hundreds of parents were waiting outside the gates to watch their children get past security and check in. Students were allowed to carry only their admit cards and passport-size photos. 

During the security check, students were told that they had not followed the dress code. 

Boys were instructed to wear half-arm sleeves and yet they showed up in full-sleeve shirts. They were instructed to cut off their sleeves. Belts and watches were asked to be removed as well. 

Girls were not allowed to wear clips, fashionable dresses and heeled slippers. Artificial buttons, flower designs on tops, threads around wrists and ankles were asked to be removed. Students wearing heeled slippers were asked to remove them and write their exam barefoot. Girls wearing burqas and hijabs were also asked to remove them.

For those who forgot to bring passport-size photos, arrangements were made to get their photographs inside the campus. Five students got inside the gates in the last five minutes, and at 9.30 am sharp, the gates were closed. 

The officials, including the watchman, were well aware of the rules and they were strictly adhered to. 

At JSS Public School, one student who came at 10 am, when the second bell went, was not allowed inside even after pleading with the authorities.

Some students were taking the exam for the second time as they were not happy with their previous scores. 

"There were a few grammatical errors. But the papers were quite easy," said Bhavana H A, a student of Christ Junior College.

"I did the exam well, but found Physics more difficult than Biology," said Hemanth H O from Sir MV PU College, Davangere. 

Manchal Mahesh Hologod from Allen Institute said, “The papers were generally easy. Physics was a bit tough compared to Chemistry and Biology.”