Dress code for NEET: With NEET fast approaching, candidates are gearing up with their high-powered preparation to appear for the country’s biggest medical entrance examination, NEET. NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a qualifying examination for medical aspirants seeking admission to medical institutes across the country.

Formerly known as AIPMT, NEET is a pen-paper test conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) once a year. Dates for NEET 2023 are released, it is set to take place on May 7, 2023. Year on year, the exam sees an increase in the number of candidates appearing for the coveted exam. NEET 2022 for instance, registered over 18 lakh applications while NEET 2021 recorded 16.14 lakh registrations.

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Out of the many aspects NEET aspirants are expected to abide by, the dress code is an important one. Candidates are expected to follow the complete set of guidelines when it comes to dressing up on the exam day. Digressing from this can have serious repercussions.

Read more: NEET Exam Day Guidelines

Dress Code For NEET 2023

NTA implements the dress code for NEET and it is advisable to strictly follow the set rules for boys as well as girls. These specifications must be considered, failing to do so can lead to disqualification of the candidature and hence, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the examination.

  • Pick light colors, half-sleeved clothes/t-shirts. Attire should not have big buttons, embroidery, fancy and big zips, badge/brooch, flowers, etc.
  • Wear sandals, slippers with low heels. Do not wear shoes.
  • Ornaments/accessories such as chains, earrings, rings, nose pins, pendants, anklets, bangles, bracelets, etc. will have to be removed before you enter the examination hall.

NEET Dress Code For Males

Here is a list of guidelines to be followed by male candidates on the day of the NEET examination

  • Pick light clothes, half-sleeved shirts
  • Shirts with big buttons are not allowed
  • Wear light-colored trousers, pants
  • Avoid wearing jeans
  • Sandals, slippers with low heels are allowed. Boots, shoes, sneakers, loafers are not permitted
  • Long or full sleeve shirts are not allowed.
  • Kurta-pajamas, layering of clothes with jackets, etc. should be avoided

NEET Dress Code For Females

Female aspirants appearing for NEET are instructed to follow this set of guidelines when it comes to the dress code

  • Wear light-colored, simple, half-sleeved clothes. Long and fancy sleeves should be avoided
  • The attire should not have fancy embroidery, big buttons, flowers, designed pockets, frills, elaborate designs, floral designs, etc.
  • Avoid leggings and churidars, opt for Salwar/trousers
  • Sandals or slippers with low heels are permitted, but shoes, closed/covered sandals, slippers, high heels, stilettos and other fancy footwear are not allowed. Wear open-toed sandals
  • Layering clothes, with sweatshirts, jackets, shrugs, etc. should be avoided
  • Metallic /non-metallic jewellery should be avoided

Customary Dress Code for NEET

Due to religious commitments, candidates who cannot follow these rules are expected to mention the same while filling out the NEET application form, under option “Customary dress”. Such candidates are required to report at least two hours prior to getting through proper security and frisking procedures. As per NEET rules and regulations, aspirants arriving in customary dress should report at least two hours before the last reporting time.

Barred Items

Aspirants are prohibited from carrying the following list of items in the examination hall

  • Stationery items such as pencils/pens, geometry/pencil boxes, erasers, sharpeners, pouches, calculators, writing pads, textual material, log tables, etc. are not permitted.
  • Pen drives, electronic pens, scanners, mobile devices, Bluetooth, earphones, microphones, pager, health bands, and related accessories are not allowed.
  • Goggles, handbags, wallet, belt, cap, watch/wristwatch, camera, bracelet, etc. is not allowed
  • Eatables – open or packed, water bottle, etc. is not allowed
  • Please note, the exam centre does not take responsibility for any of your belongings.

For complete details, visit the official website and read more on it from the information bulletin.

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Frequently Asked Questions on NEET Dress Code


Can a Sikh student wear his traditional kara and kirpan in the exam hall?

Yes, you can wear traditional kara and kirpan if you are a Sikh. But you need to report to the exam hall two hours prior to report the same to the invigilator.


I am a Muslim girl, observe hijab/burqa. Is that allowed?

Yes, it is. While filling out the application form, you should select the customary dress option. Such candidates must appear two hours prior and inform the same to the invigilator.


Is floral printed Kurti allowed?

No. The floral printed Kurti is not allowed.


Is legging/churidar allowed?

No, it must be avoided.


Can I wear jeans?

You may wear jeans, but make sure that it is not too fashionable. Should be simple.


What happens if I fail to follow the dress code?

If you fail to abide by the NEET dress code, as per your violation, the action shall be taken. You will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.


I am diabetic, can I take my tablet?

In case you are diabetic, you would be allowed to take tablets under the strict provision.


Can I take my water bottle?

No, you are not allowed to carry your bottle.


Is a pen allowed?

No, pens are not allowed. Once you enter the exam hall and take your allotted seats, the invigilator will provide you with a pen.


As metallic things are not allowed, I wear braces on my teeth. Will I be allowed to appear for NEET?

Yes, you will certainly be allowed to take the exam.


Can I wear spectacles?

Yes, if you have been wearing it for medical reasons, then you can.


Is tattoo allowed?

No, tattoos are strictly not allowed as per the guidelines set out by NTA.


Can I wear Mehendi/henna on my hand?

There has been no such strict specification regarding henna, but it is certainly better to avoid applying Mehendi to the exam hall. That is because wearing Mehendi may lead to issues during bio-metric verification of the candidate. The candidate may not be allowed to appear for the exam if the step of bio-metric verification fails due to henna application.

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