The central board of secondary education has allowed the students to carry fruits and water inside the exam hall for JEE Main 2018. This is applicable to the candidates who are suffering from diabetes and needs some aid during the exam. Previously, candidates were only allowed to enter the JEE Main exam hall with an identity card.
According to the guidelines that candidate who have health issues like diabetes, can take the diabetes tablets, fruits like apple, banana or orange and a transparent water bottle. However, candidates are not allowed to bring packed food, chocolates, candy or sandwich inside the examination hall.
This circular is received by the students. Several complain regarding the overly strict dress code has been made again by the various examination authorities. Last month, the convenor of Common Admission Test which is Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow (IIM-L), informed students that inside the examination hall, footwear is not allowed. This led the students to show their disapproval on the various social media platform. Moreover, one candidate questioned, “How does the authority expect the student in north India to sit for an exam without any footwear for three hours?”
The JEE authority has also introduced a strict dress code for JEE Advanced, last year. The candidates are not allowed to wear full sleeve shirt and kurta, brooches and footwear with heels inside the examination hall. This was done to avoid malpractices.
In the addition, students are required to enter the exam center at least three hours before the exam starts. During this time students will go through registration and security process. “This means we will remain hungry for six hours,” said another candidate.
The dress code restriction was introduced by the CBSE board after All India Pre-medical Test (AIPMT) paper leaked in 2015. CBSE authority conducted retest by the order of Supreme Court. An investigation report showed some students who were caught with Bluetooth devices inside their clothes in the centers at Rajasthan, Haryana, and Jharkhand.