In mid-June, the Supreme Court asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct a retest for the 2015 All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) within four weeks, citing mass cheating and several cases of irregularities in the test as the reason.

Even as the preparations for the retest are under way, the CBSE issued a circular on Friday putting in place a “dress code" and a “no gadget and stationery code" for the exam.

Aside from a ban on the usual suspects, that is, cellphones, calculators, pen drives, Bluetooth devices, the notification adds that geometry/pencil boxes, pens, scales and erasers will also not be allowed in the examination halls. The list also mentions health bands, earphones and electronic pens as undesirable items.

The list goes on to include goggles, hair pins, hair bands, charms, tabeez, belts, caps, scarves and even wallets. How students will carry cash and whether or not currency notes will be allowed is not specified.

In the dress code section in the notification, students are requested to wear light clothes—half sleeved shirt/tee/kurta. Big buttons are a no-no as are brooches, badges, nose pins, earrings, bracelets, rings and wrist watches.

You cannot even wear flowers of any kind in your hair if you decide to give the exam. It is also indicated that a student’s trousers and/or salwar should be of a light colour.

Another stipulation says examinees must wear flip-flops or open slippers and not shoes when they head for the centre.

If a candidate is found disobeying these “instructions", he/she will not be allowed to enter the centre.

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