Everything you need to know before appearing for NEET on Sunday

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This year’s National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test,  NEET-UG 2021, for admissions to undergraduate medical courses in India is all set to take place from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, September 12. Instructions for candidates are displayed on Pages 3 and 4 of the admit card and have to be followed strictly. They include:

Particulars on Page 1
On the first page of the admit card, the candidate has to fill the relevant details. Here, the same photo uploaded while submitting the application should be pasted. Moreover, the parent or guardian has to sign under the affidavit related to COVID-19. However, the signature and left thumb impression of the candidate should be made only in the presence of the invigilator at the exam centre. Candidates are instructed not to do it earlier.

What to do on Page 2
A colour postcard-size photo of the candidate on a white background has to be pasted on Page 2. In the exam hall, the candidate has to sign on the left side of this photo and the invigilator on the right side. The invigilator will check whether this photo is the same as on Page 1.

Both the applicant as well as the student should sign at another place also on Page 2. Candidates may take care not to scribble rough work on the admit card as space would be provided for it on the test booklet. They should also remember to handover the admit card to the invigilator after the exam.

Items to be carried to exam hall
Candidates should compulsorily take these items to the exam centre:
1) Admit card
2) An identity card, which could either be the admit card of the Class 12 exam with photo, Aadhaar card, ration card, Voter’s ID, passport, driving licence or any other identity card issued by the government. Other identity cards, attested photo copy or mobile phone image will not be accepted.
3) Differently-abled candidates seeking more time to write the test have to carry the necessary documents.

Other items
Some other items which candidates could carry to the exam hall are:
1) A copy of the photo uploaded on the application to be pasted on the attendance sheet.
2) Transparent water bottle.
3) 50-ml bottle of sanitizer.
4) Diabetic candidates with proof of their medical condition can take fruits and sugar tablets for emergency use in the exam hall.
List of banned items
The following materials are banned inside the exam centres:
1) Mobile phone
2) Bluetooth/electronic devices
3) Instruments/pencil/geometry box
4) Hand bag
5) Wallet
6) Bracelet
7) Plastic cover
8) Bits of paper
9) Printed and written notes
10) Stationery
11) Food items
12) Earphone
13) Microphone
14) Sunglasses
15) Health band
16) Pager
17) Calculator
18) Pen
19) Scale
21) Slide rule
22) Logarithm table
23) Camera
24) Scanner
25) Tape recorder
26) Electronic watch with calculator
27) Metal objects.

Additional instructions
All candidates are expected to follow the dress code at the NEET-UG venue. Loosely fitting dress, shirts and tops with full sleeves and large buttons will not be allowed. Shoes too are banned, but candidates can wear thin sandals.

Candidates wearing special dress related to their religion have to reach the exam centre at least by 11.15 am. All candidates will be allowed into the exam centre by 1.15 pm and the gates closed by 1.30 pm. In order to avoid crowding, it is better for other candidates also to reach the centre early.

Candidates will not be provided facilities to safe keep their belongings.

Every candidate will be supplied a new N95 mask before entering the exam hall. Only this mask will be allowed while taking the test.

Inside the hall
After entering the exam hall, the candidates will be provided a black ballpoint pen by the invigilator to mark on the test booklet, attendance sheet and OMR sheet. Candidates should sign on the attendance sheet, note down the time, write their mother’s name and paste their photo.

The test booklet covered with transparent plastic cover will be given to the candidates at 1.50 pm, but the paper seal should not be opened immediately. Instead, they have to enter details on the cover page and wait for instructions from the invigilator. On receiving the invigilator’s instructions, the test booklet and OMR can be opened at 1.55 pm.

OMR sheet, test booklet
The OMR has two sections – original and office copy. They should not be separated and both have to be returned after the test.

Candidates should confirm that the number and code of the test booklet and OMR sheet are the same. In case there is a disparity, the sheet and booklet have to returned and replaced.

Ensure that the test booklet contains the number of pages mentioned on Page 1. Do not tear off any page of the booklet.

Starting the test
The invigilator test will announce the start of the test at 2 pm. After the exam, candidates should write the time on the attendance sheet and sign. They will be allowed to take home only the test booklet.

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