New Delhi, November 28: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued new guidelines for diabetic JEE (Main) aspirants. They will be allowed to carry sugar, fruits and water in transparent bottles inside the examination halls when they appear for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) next year.

According to the new guidelines, the candidates will not be permitted to bring packaged food items like chocolates or candies inside the exam halls, the Hindustan Times reported.

Earlier this year, a similar provision was made by the CBSE for diabetic students appearing for board exams as the children suffering from diabetes “need frequent meals to avoid hypoglycemia which may otherwise affect their health/performance”. The Board has issued a circular in this regard but a certificate from a diabetic specialist has to be submitted.

“It (move to allow diabetic students to carry eatables) was very much warranted as those kids who are on insulin may face sudden drop in sugar levels and the absence of any option may severely hamper their concentration and performance in the examination. Not just fruits, they should even allow them to carry cookies,” said Dr Anoop Misra, chairman, Fortis C-DOC centre of excellence for diabetes, metabolic diseases & endocrinology.

The online application process for JEE (Main) 2018 will begin on December 1 and will last for a month.