This year NEET aspirants could not take up the written examination at Noyes Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Narimedu, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as officials brought the wrong set of question papers for a section of them. In a major goof up by the CBSE authorities, more than 100 students in four examination halls were given question papers in English and Hindi instead of bilingual question papers in English and Tamil.

An official quoted to a leading daily, “These students had opted for Tamil question paper and hence the students could not take up the examination.”

The parents who had come from different parts of the state were in a shock when their children came out of the school after 1 pm. Initially, the CBSE and school authorities refused to reveal the reasons.  Some parents were even worried for their children when they did not come out of the school on time and demanded to know if their children were safe and if they are still inside the school or had already left.

The police tried to calm down the parents. Later, CBSE authorities allowed a section of the parents inside the examination centre and officials read out the names of the affected students who were held up inside the building.

NEET city coordinator P. Selvaraj while speaking to a leading daily said, “Copies of question papers are being taken and correct set of questions are being distributed to the students. CBSE authorities have said that all the answer scripts will be evaluated without any issues.”

According to students, they were provided with snacks and juice and lunch was provided to them before the examination began but was only distributed while they came out of the examination hall after finishing the test, the students complained.

The batch of 22 students whose NEET examination was delayed came out at around 3.30 p.m.

Students also said, “Officials obtained their signature along with their personal details in a statement in English. The statement was meant to acknowledge that we (the students) were given the full three hours’ time to write the examination, one of the students added.”

As per reports, The students also complained that photocopies of question papers that were distributed to them were taken back by the invigilators.

Another batch of 90 students began their NEET examination at 3 p.m.