A total of 11,38,890 students appeared for the exam including 1,522 NRIs and 613 foreigners.
The exam this year was not short of controversies with many students facing difficulties due to not being aware of the do's and don'ts of the exam. At many centres in Tamil Nadu students male candidates faced difficulty when they turned up wearing full-sleeve shirt and were told that only half-sleeve shirts were allowed inside the exam hall.
Similarly girls had to get rid of hair pins, earrings, nose pins and other such ornaments in order to be able to give examination. Students who came wearing shoes also had to get rid of shoes and opt for their parents' sandals at the exam centres.
Many students also turned up with stationery items such as pen and pencils despite clear instruction by CBSE that pens would be provided to examinees at the exam centres.
As per the do's and don'ts released by CBSE, the do's included bringing admit card along with only the required documents. The don't s included big buttons, brooches, heeled shoes for female candidates and kurta-pyjama, full-sleeve shirt, and shoes for male candidates. The candidates were also not allowed to carry any electronic device inside the exam centre.
Many students also complained of difficulty in locating the exam centre and said a bit more information on the location and landmark would have been helpful.
Students alleged that upon pointing out the mistake, the exam coordinators asked them to carry on with the English/Hindi question paper itself. Parents of some of the students and some student organizations protested against the mix-up.
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In another incident of bizzare rules enforced on students at exam centre, a female student in Kerala was made to remove her bra and another had to change out of their jeans because dark colored lowers were not allowed at the exam centre.
In another incident, ATS has arrested five members of a gang from Delhi and Jaipur including a government employee who duped medical aspirants appearing in NEET exam of money on the promise of providing them with NEET exam question papers. Goa Police also arrested four men accused of impersonating students during the exam.
(With inputs from PTI)