Even before the discussion over the unusual dress code for All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) dies down, speculations are rife among schools that it may now apply to all future exams. Some principals from the city told TOI that these rumours are gaining ground because of the statements issued by CBSE during its webcast on Wednesday for AIPMT. The exam conducting body, CBSE, has banned clothing like shoes, full sleeve shirts, earring, nose ring etc for the July 25 exam.
Considering that the central board conducts big ticket exams like JEE (main), Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) and UGC’s National Eligibility Test ( NET), the implementation of this dress code will have a big impact.
Below are the Dress Code Regulations given for AIPMT Exam
A principal said, “We have been told to safely keep for three years some of the supplies being sent to us for AIPMT. This is a strong indication that other competitive exams conducted by CBSE may follow similar dress code as well.” The ‘supplies’ which the principal referred to include wall clocks and flashlights. Since wrist watches have been banned inside exam halls, the central board has supplied or provided money for wall clocks to be installed in every classroom at the centres.
“The flashlight will be used to check for communication devices in ears,” the principal said. “CBSE said they have allocated Rs 100 per flashlight even though the cost may be much lower for a small one,” she added.
Another city principal said, “The AIPMT is now like a litmus test. No one knows what will happen on that day, considering the dress restrictions. So only after that it seems the board will take a call on what to do next.” CBSE officials could not be reached for comments.
This dress code’s implementation was a result of CBSE having to conduct the AIPMT again, after the previous one got mired in controversy due to the involvement of an organized cheating racket. Learning from its past experience, the central board surmised that it is very easy for candidates to conceal communication devices like Bluetooth receivers under everyday clothing like shoes and caps etc. Hence, to eliminate any chances of that being repeated, the central board decided to pursue a strict dress code policy and got a declaration signed by all candidates promising to adhere to it.