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NEET Exam Dress Code for Male and Female, Exam Rules, NTA Instructions

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NEET Dress Code for Male and Female, Exam Rules, NTA Instructions

NEET Dress Code for Male 2024 allows wearing trousers, slippers, light clothes with half sleeves to the exam centers. Dress Code for NEET 2024 for girls allows them to wear salwar, trousers, slippers, sandals with low heels. 

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  • Dresses with heavy embroidery, high heels, and light clothes with long sleeves are not permitted as per NEET dress code 2024. 
  • Candidates wearing a customary/ cultural dress like Turban, Hijab, Burqa have to report at 12:30 PM along with NEET 2024 admit card to ensure proper frisking

NEET 2024 Admit Card will be issued to the candidates for the exam day. If due to unavoidable medical or other circumstances, you cannot adhere to any of the NEET dress code guidelines, then you need to take special approval from NTA before the release of the admit card. 


Candidates must avoid carrying the items barred inside the test centers like Mobile Phones, Bluetooth, Earphones, microphones, pagers, Health bands, metal bands, etc.

NEET Dress Code for Female 2024

A rise in the number of candidates appearing for NEET has been observed every year. This year 23.81 lakh candidates have registered for NEET. Out of these, 57% applicants are female. NEET Dress Code for Female 2024 by NTA is available here for all these candidates to follow on the exam date. In the last few years, there were reports of harrasment faced by female candidates at various test centers. As per the latest NTA guidelines, the frisking of the female candidates will be done only by female staff inside a closed enclosure. 

NEET Dress Code for Female 2024
What to Wear?What Not to Wear?
SalwarHairpins and bands
TrousersOrnaments like heavy earrings, pendants, nose rings
Sandals/ Flip-onShoes that are entirely closed and the feet are not at all visible must be strictly avoided
Burqa / Hijab (this will come under customary clothing, as mentioned below)Any dress item with heavy embroidery is to be avoided
Light-half sleeved tops and tees can be wornBig buttoned tops and fancy skirts with inner pockets are not to be worn.
Light (not in terms of color) Kurtas with no inner pocketsHigh heeled sandals, especially with block / platform heels, are not to be worn
Sandals with no or low heelsBig wrist watches where there can be a possibility to hide chits and study materials
Clear framed power spectaclesJeans is advised not to be worn
Leggings / Jeggings

The frisking of female students will be carried in an enclosed place by the female staff only. Based on the past incidents faced by female applicants, it is best to avoid wearing inner wear with any metallic hooks or buttons.

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NEET Dress Code For Male 2024

The year 2017 saw many male candidates (along with female candidates) facing a lot of harassment with getting their shirts cut down into half sleeves, and many more. After this, strict NEET dress code for male candidates has been prescribed by the NTA on what all they can wear on the exam day. For all male candidates, NTA recommends that they wear trousers only (jeans not allowed) along with short-sleeved t-shirt. 

NEET Dress Code For Male 2024
What to Wear?What Not to Wear?
Light half-sleeved shirts / TshirtsHeavy dialed metal watches must not be worn
Sandals / SlippersShoes of any type are not to be worn
Turbans can be worn by Sikhs (comes under customary clothing)Metal bands in the wrist or ornaments of any kind must be strictly avoided.
Basic TrousersJeans are advised not to be worn.
Clear framed power specsTrackpants

What is not allowed in NEET?

There are strict instructions by the NTA for what is not allowed in NEET. These include some barred items and dress limitations. We have listed all the items not allowed in NEET for your reference:

Barred Items

  • Mobile phones
  • Earphones
  • Microphones
  • Bluetooth
  • Health monitoring gadgets
  • Watches of any kind
  • Wallets, Bags and Purses
  • Belts
  • Caps and Goggles/ Sunglasses
  • Jewelry, rings, bracelets and bands
  • Calculator
  • Storage devices like pen drives
  • Stationery items
  • Food items
  • Any kind of metal items

Dress Code- What is not allowed?

  • Shoes
  • Heavy clothes
  • Shirts with long sleeves
  • Sandals with high heels
  • Trackpants
  • Jeans
  • Clothes with heavy embroidery, fancy prints, big buttons, hidden pockets

NEET Dress Code 2024 by NTA: Customary/ Cultural Dress

NTA has approved customary dresses in NEET. Candidates who observe certain religious practices can dress accordingly and they will not be asked to remove it at NEET exam centers as per orders issued by Delhi High Court.

Customary Dress Code Allowed in NEET
Sikh candidateskangha, kara, kirpan, etc are allowed
Female candidates from Islamic communityBurqas, Hijabs are allowed

Barred Itmes in NEET 2024 Examiantion 

The authority will conduct the compulsory frisking before entering the Examination Centre. Metal Detectors and other modes of frisking will be used. Therefore candidates are advised not to carry the following items to the exam hall. 

  • Textual material, printed books or written notes
  • Cheats or bits of papers, Geometry or Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch
  • Calculator, Pen, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner, etc.
  • Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band, etc.
  • Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Cap, etc.
  • Watch/Wristwatch, Bracelet, Camera, etc.
  • Any ornaments/metallic items.
  • Any food items opened or packed, water bottle, etc.
  • No arrangement will be made at the Centres for keeping the belonging to the candidates.
  • If a candidate is wearing a customary clothes then report at the center 2 hours before the exam time.