Over 1600 candidates appear for NEET in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was conducted in Kashmir Valley today amidst restrictions and strike as over 1600 candidates appeared in the examination to seek admission in graduate medical courses across the country.

The examination was held at three centres in the twin districts of Srinagar and Budgam, officials said.

They said while there were two examination centres in Srinagar, there was only one in Budgam district.

As many as 1621 candidates appeared in the entrance test at the three centres, out of the scheduled 1740, the officials said.

At the two centres in Srinagar, out of the 600 candidates each, 555 appeared in one centre at S P College, while 571 appeared in the other at Amar Singh College, they said.

They said at the examination centre in Budgam, out of 540 candidates, 495 wrote their papers.

The authorities had to shift the examination centre in Srinagar owing to the current unrest in Kashmir that has left 46 people dead and over 3400 others injured.

They had also made elaborate arrangements, including that of transport at every district headquarter, to facilitate the candidates to reach the examination centres.

The Valley is reeling under continuous restrictions and strike, which have entered the 16th day today, after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on July 8.