Dress Code for NEET 2018 – Know what you can wear and what you cannot wear

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It may seem trivial at first, but NEET 2018 dress code is actually very important. You should wear only what is allowed. Otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. Strict dress code is put in place to eliminate cases of cheating.

CBSE has outlined the dress code for NEET 2018. In addition, a list of barred items is also put up. So if any barred item includes accessories or are a wearable thing, then you cannot have those also.

With NEET 2018 exam date a little away only, here is the complete dress code for you.

Stick to the NEET 2018 Dress Code


You can wear

  • Light clothes with half sleeves
  • Salwar
  • Trouser
  • Slippers
  • Sandals with low heels

That’s it. This is all that you can wear.

In simple terms, on the upper half of your body, you can only wear a half sleeved dress which is light. In the lower half you can only wear salwar or trouser. And on feet you can only wear slippers or sandals. You cannot and should not wear anything except these.

You cannot even wear shoes.

Oh, and also your dress should not have big buttons or brooches or badges.

All this might seem too strict, but it is only for the benefit of students.

In many entrance exams, cases of cheating are found where students hide chits or notes in jeans, frilly clothes, sleeves of shirts, sole of shoes. All these dresses that are allowed by CBSE are those in which it is difficult to hide anything.

Considering that the exam is in the month of May, when the temperature is quite high, it is also convenient to wear half sleeved clothes. Big buttons or brooches or badges are often used to hide communication devices, so those are also banned.

Important note for candidates who have to wear customary clothing

In the first place, if it is feasible, avoid anything that is not in the above list. However if it is compulsory to wear customary clothing then CBSE has allowed you to do so, on the condition that you reach at least one hour before the reporting time. This will give the centre authorities enough time to frisk you.

Barred Items In NEET Exam Hall

Here is a complete list of things you cannot take inside exam hall. This also includes some wearable. You should also check your admit card of NEET 2018 to see if anything else is mentioned.

  • Any stationery item such as textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, geometry/pencil box, plastic pouch, calculator, pen, scale, writing pad, pen drives, eraser, calculator, log table, electronic pen/scanner etc.
  • Communication device such as mobile phone, bluetooth, earphones, microphone, pager, health band etc.
  • Other items like wallet, goggles, handbags, belt, cap etc.
  • All ornaments like ring, earrings, nose-pin, chain/necklace, pendants, badge and brooch etc.
  • Watch/wrist watch, bracelet, camera, etc.
  • Any metallic item
  • Eatable item opened or packed, water bottle etc.
  • Any other item which could be used for unfairmeans, for hiding communication devices like camera, bluetooth device etc.

Notice the etcetra at the end? This means that anything that is like any of the barred items, but is not in the list, is also not allowed.

NEET 2018 Dress Code FAQs

There are a fair number of questions when it comes to the dress code of NEET exam. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked ones. If you have any other question, please feel free to ask in comments section below.

Can I wear jeans on NEET 2018 exam date?

Since jeans is not included in the list of clothes allowed by CBSE, please do not wear them. You can either wear a trouser or salwar.

Can I wear simple shoes?

No. Please wear slippers, or sandals with low heels only.

I have sandals but it has heels. Can I wear it?

You can wear sandals with low heels as per the NEET 2018 information brochure.

Even if I am in dress code, will I undergo frisking at the NEET 2018 exam centre?

Yes, there will be frisking for all candidates. CBSE just wants to ensure that no one can take anything inside which will help in cheating. There will be physical frisking for all candidates.

My dress has a brooch and big buttons. Can I wear it?

No. Your dress should not have big buttons or brooches or badges. Please wear light clothes with half sleeves without big buttons or brooches or badges.

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