Over six lakh students appear for NEET 1st phase on Sunday

Around 8% students did not take the National Eligibility Entrance Test in the first phase, says a senior CBSE official

A file photo of students at a coaching centre. Photo: Mint
A file photo of students at a coaching centre. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: Over six lakh students on Sunday appeared for the first phase of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a common medical entrance test for admissions to MBBS and BDS (Bachelor of Dentral Surgery) courses across the country.

According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials who conducted the test, some 6.67 lakh students had registered for the exam.

“Reports received by us suggested that there were around 8% students who did not take the test. This figure is considerably less than the previous year when around 15% of candidates were absentees,” a senior CBSE official said.

The CBSE allowed candidates to wear traditional and religious clothes, including burqas, for the exam. “The exam went smoothly and the feedback we received was largely positive,” the official said, adding that metal detectors and jammers were used to ensure that unfair means were not used.

The Supreme Court had cleared the decks for holding the exam in two phases by approving the schedule put before it by the Union government, the CBSE and the Medical Council of India for treating the All India Pre-Medical Test scheduled on 1 May as NEET-1.