NEET Dress Code 2021

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 admissions 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. NEET 2020 was conducted on 13th September 2020 and 14th October 2020 with result declaration on 16th October 2020. NEET 2021 took place on 12th September 2021. Year-on-year, the exam sees an increase in the number of candidates appearing for the coveted exam. NEET 2020 for instance, registered close to 15.97 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 which can have serious repercussions.

Read more: NEET Exam Day Guidelines

Dress Code For NEET

NTA implements strict NEET rules for both boys and girls, which should be observed. 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 colours, 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-coloured 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 these set of guidelines when it comes to the dress code

  • Wear light-coloured, simple, half-sleeved clothes. Long and fancy sleeves should be avoided
  • 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

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 one hour prior to get through proper security and frisking procedures. As per NEET rules and regulations, aspirants arriving in customary dress should report at least one hour 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 box, erasers, sharpeners, pouches, calculators, writing pad, textual material, log table, 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.

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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 one hour prior to report about 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 one hour prior and inform about the same to the invigilator.

Is floral printed kurti allowed?

No, it is not allowed.

Is legging/churidar allowed?

No, it is not allowed.

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 dress code?

If you fail to abide by the NEET dress code, as per your violation, 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 certain tablets under 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 your 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. But, you will have to appear at least 30 minutes prior and explain your condition to the examiner.

Can I wear spectacles?

Yes, if you have been wearing it for medical reasons, then you can. But if you wear one just to make a style statement/fashion, then you will not be allowed to wear spectacles.

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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