NEET 2018: Exam concludes, early reactions, analysis

NEET exam: Kamal Haasan, MK Stalin slam govt, CBSE as TN students made to travel out of state to take test

NEET exam: Kamal Haasan, MK Stalin slam govt, CBSE as TN students made to travel out of state to take test

The allotment of exam centres outside Tamil Nadu is against the CBSE's own instructions set out in Chapter 2 rule 4 (c) of the information bulletin, which states: "Candidates must ensure that they should select the centre in their state of residence or in neighbouring city only and not in far away cities in other states".

In Thiruvananthapuram, 24,000 students would appear for the test in 34 centres, an official press release said.

The Central Board of Secondary Education will hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG) 2018 today.

Tweeting about the issue, actor Kamal Haasan said, "In this digital, internet age, asking students from Tamil Nadu to go to Rajasthan and Kerala to write NEET is injustice".

Opposition party leader MK Stalin urged the state government to help students with their travel arrangements.

Angry citizens from Tamil Nadu are sure it was a move to discriminate and harass students from Tamil Nadu. "When I spoke with the parents, I came to know that a lot of them have already planned carpooling". The regional CBSE office in Chennai said that 5,371 students from the state would have to write the examination from centres in Ernakulam which was their second or third choice.

As many as 120 Tamil medium students, who appeared for NEET at Noyes Matriculation School in Madurai on Sunday, were given question papers in Hindi.

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Disposing of the PIL, the Madras High Court had directed the CBSE to re-allot the NEET examination centres in respect of those candidates from Tamil Nadu, who have been allotted centres in other states, adjacent to their place of residence or at least in the state at the earliest. In response, Supreme Court ordered a stay on the Madras High Court's directive to CBSE to arrange additional centres.

Now, students are now left in a limbo.

According to TNM, NEET Director Sanyam Bharadwaj said, "this year the number of candidates have risen by 31%".

Sacred thread or bands that students wore on their wrists were removed before they entered the examination hall.

About 1,20,792 candidates will appear for the test from the state in 226 centres spread across thedistricts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's office has announced a toll-free helpline - 14417 - to assist students. This was caused by the ignorance of the students as to the dress code for the examination that says only half-sleeve dress is allowed. "Subsequently, after checking, the hall ticket was found to be fake".

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