JEE-Main, NEET-UG exams to be held as per schedule in Sept
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: National Testing Agency (NTA) has substantially increased the number of examination centres for JEE-Mains and NEET-UG exams scheduled to be held next month.
In order to meet the social distancing requirements due to Covid-19 pandemic the number of Examination Centers have been increased from 570 to 660 in case of JEE-Mains and from 2 thousand 546 to 3 thousand 843 for NEET-UG 2020. Additionally, in case of JEE-Mains, the number of shifts have been increased from 8 to 12. Number of candidates per shift has also been reduced from 1 lakh 32 thousand to 85 thousand.
This year nearly 8 lakh 50 thousand candidates have registered for JEE-Mains while the number of registrations for NEET-UG has been nearly 16 lakhs. In order to ensure proper social distancing inside the examination halls, the candidates will be seated in alternate seats in case of JEE-Mains. As another precautionary step, the number of candidates allowed to take NEET-UG test in one room has been reduced from 24 to 12. For ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates have been staggered. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centers to enable candidates follow social distancing norms.
Candidates have also been issued advisory guiding them about "Do’s and Don'ts" for proper social distancing. NTA has also written to the State Governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time. JEE-Mains exam is scheduled to be held from 1st September to 6th September while NEET-UG will be held on 13th September this year.
Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, meanwhile, said that the government has decided to conduct the two entrance examinations following demands of the students and their parents.
“There has been a constant pressure of students and their parents on the ministry for conducting the exams. They were asking why the entrance tests were not being conducted. How long children will prepare for them. They do not want to lose the year,” he said in an interview to public broadcaster DD News.
He listed various steps taken by the NTA to ensure safety of the JEE and NEET aspirants, saying students’ safety is the government’s first priority, then their education.
The NTA has ensured that more than 99% candidates get their first choice of centre cities in both of these examinations.
“Just 450 students’ requests have now come for allotting examination centre of their choice. NTA is ready for this,” he added.
To ensure “proper social distancing” inside the examination halls, JEE Main candidates will be seated in alternate seats. “In case of NEET, the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12, now,” the NTA said in a statement.
For ensuring social distancing outside the examination halls, the entry and exit of candidates has been “staggered.”
The number of the examination centers have been increased from 570 to 660 for the JEE Main and 2,546 to 3,843 for the NEET, the NTA said.
For the JEE-Main, the number of shifts has been increased from the 8 to 12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85000 now.
“Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centers to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing, while waiting. Advisory has been issued to candidates guiding them about ‘Do’s and Don'ts’ for proper social distancing,” the testing agency added.
Besides, the NTA said that it has also written to the States governments to extend support in “local movement” of the JEE and NEET aspirants so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time.
The NTA is set to conduct the JEE-Main from September 1 to September 6 for National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other engineering colleges. The testing agency will conduct the NEET for undergraduate medical programmes on September 13.
As many as 8.58 lakh students have registered for JEE-Main while the number of students registered for the NEET is 15.97 lakh.
“The NTA assures all candidates a safe environment for tests and solicits cooperation from the candidates and their parents in following the standard operating procedures,” the testing agency said reaching out to students and parents amid growing demands for postponement of the two entrance exams.