Tense moments: Trainees and moms and dads collecting in front of a NEET exam centre, in Mangaluru on Sunday.
According to main sources, 5,023 trainees had registered for the NEET that was held in 10 centres in Dakshina Kannada.
Some of the parents were anguished over the failure of the authorities to permit students to have food prior to NEET.
Of the 2,860 trainees registered for NEET at eight centres, 1,002 stayed missing in Udupi district
The greatest number of absentees was 171 in G.M. Vidyaniketan Public School, Brahmavar and Poornaprajna Pre University College, Udupi; followed by 140 in Don Bosco English Medium School, Shirva; 120 each in SMS English Medium School, Brahmavar, and Vidyodaya Pre University College, Udupi; 118 in Madhava Kripa English Greater Main School, Manipal; 117 in N. Shankara Adhyanthaya Memorial English Medium High School, Nitte; and 45 in Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar, according to main sources.