Kollam NEET exam frisking row: What do NTA rules say about undergarments?

TG Babykutty

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Thiruvananthapuram: The frisking incident happened at NEET exam centre in Kollam is in the limelight and the testing agency rules shows that there is nothing specific to undergarments.

Pertinently, the National Testing Agency (NTA) administers the NEET exam and it has stipulations on dress code of exam takers. The rules will be intimated to the candidates in advance.

What happened in the Kollam exam centres was that the girl candidates were asked to remove their innerwears as they had metal hooks. However, the dress code intimated by the NTA had not had any restriction on metal hooks in the garments.

According to the mandates, full sleeve dresses won’t be allowed. If the full sleeve dress is unavoidable due to religious beliefs or so, then the candidate should report to the centre one hour before the exam. Footwear with thick soles is not permitted. Candidates should not wear any ornaments or jewellery. To avoid malpractices related to placing of tiny size cameras, garments with large size buttons are restricted.

The outsourced employees who frisk the candidates apply the norms on their discretion. More often, they neither will have experience nor training in the exam conduct. NTA will assign private agencies for exam conduct nationally. They will be subcontracting it to agencies at the state and district levels. These subsidiaries hire employees on contract.

On the other hand, the educational institutions which are listed as exam centres will provide infrastructural and staff support for the conduct of exams. Usually NTA will choose educational institutions that have facilities to accommodate both online and physical examination.

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