Despite concerns of fraud and impersonation looming over NEET-UG exams, officials assured that security checks were strictly carried out for the NEET-PG exams to avoid any mishap. “Actually, such malpractices are more likely to happen in the UG exams because of the higher number of candidates. Here, since a basic qualification in medicine is required, the chance of unlawful practices is less,” said a source. A mandatory biometric ID and digital image verification were done and centres were closely monitored.
Doctors were seen lining up to take the exam at the various centres in the district, including Senthamarai College of Arts and Science, KLN College of Engineering, Vickram Teacher Training College, PTR College of Engineering and Technology, Latha Mathavan College of Engineering, and Thanapandiyan Polytechnic College.
Most candidates were not required to be frisked as most candidates had a clear idea of what objects were allowed inside the exam hall. “We removed all jewellery at home itself to avoid getting caught or risk leaving valuable items outside,” said a female candidate.
In a heart-warming gesture at one of the centres, a candidate who was the mother of a three-month-old baby wrote the exam with full support from exam officials. “The baby needed to be fed breast milk. So, we asked officials if some arrangement could be made. They asked us to inform if the baby had to be fed and that they would make arrangements for breast feeding,” said the candidate’s father.