Chennai sources have stated that an estimated 88,000 students had registered across the State and over 95% of them took the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) held on Sunday. A CBSE official said that Tamil Nadu had the highest enrollment of candidates when compared to other States. Around 35,000 candidates took the test in Chennai.
Candidates were shuffled in such a way that students from Thoothukudi and Theni took the test in Chennai. However, poor adherence to instructions from the CBSE led to tense moments for parents and students at the centres. Intense frisking and rigid rules dampened the spirits of candidates, said a parent in Kancheepuram district.
Teachers continually announced the rules within the centres. Girls had to
remove ear rings and nose studs and plait their hair. Clips and large rubber
bands were disallowed. Uniformed officials frisked the students before they
entered the exam halls. M.S. Saravanan, NEET coordinator and principal of
V.V.N.K.M Senior Secondary School in Vellore said State board students
struggled to fill OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets even for basic details
and committed several mistakes. “Students of Central Board of Secondary
Education schools had practice".
M. Selvaraj, a construction worker from a village near Radhapuram in Tirunelveli district, had brought his daughter, a student of a Tamil medium government aided school. Tension mounted at the Vidya Mandir School centre in Salem, when three students’ two girls and a boy were denied permission to enter the examination centre, as they were late by a few minutes.