More centres, fewer students per room, staggered entry-exit: NTA plans for NEET, JEE amid COVID-19

New Delhi: Increasing the variety of examination facilities, alternate seating plan,
fewer candidates
room and
staggered entry and exit are among the many steps the National Testing Agency will take for safely conducting medical and engineering entrance exams — NEET and JEE – in September.

These steps have been launched to make sure adherence to social distancing norms on the
centres in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the same time as refrain grew for suspending of the essential exams.

Officials within the Ministry of Education, nevertheless, asserted the exams shall be carried out as
per schedule.

While the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is scheduled from September 1-6, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is deliberate on September 13.

“The variety of examination facilities have additionally been elevated from 570 to 660 (for JEE Main) and a pair of,546 to 3843 (for NEET). While JEE-Mains is a computer-based check, NEET is a pen-paper check,” the NTA mentioned in a press release.

“Additionally, in case of JEE-Mains, the variety of shifts has been elevated from the sooner 8 to 12, and the variety of candidates
per shift has been decreased from earlier 1.32 lakh to 85,000 now,” it mentioned.

“In order to make sure correct social distancing contained in the examination halls, the candidates shall be seated in alternate seats in case of JEE-Mains. In case of NEET, the variety of candidates
room has been decreased from 24 to 12,” it mentioned.

For making certain social distancing outdoors the examination corridor, the entry and exit of candidates has been
staggered, it added.

“Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centers to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing, while waiting. Candidates have also been issued advisory guiding them about ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for proper social distancing,” it added.

There have been calls for from a number of
students and fogeys to additional postpone the doorway exams in view of accelerating coronavirus circumstances.

Several opposition leaders together with Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, DMK President MK Stalin and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia have demanded the exams be postponed.

The Supreme Court had final week dismissed a plea searching for postponement of the 2 exams amid spurt within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances, saying valuable 12 months of
students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.

“We find that there is absolutely no justification in the prayer made for postponement of the examination in question relating to NEET as well as JEE-Mains,” the Supreme Court had mentioned.

The NTA has additionally written to state governments to increase assist in native motion of the candidates in order that they can attain their examination
centres on time.

While a complete of 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains, 15.97 lakh
students have registered for NEET.


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