To safely conduct medical and engineering entrance exams i.e. NEET and JEE in September, increasing the number of examination centers, alternate seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the steps the National Testing Agency will take.
These steps have been introduced keeping in mind the circumstances amid the pandemic, trying to ensure social distancing norms.
According to Sources, the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is scheduled from September 1-6, and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is planned on September 13.
“The number of examination centers have also been increased from 570 to 660 (for JEE Main) and 2,546 to 3843 (for NEET). While JEE-Mains is a computer-based test, NEET is a pen-paper test,” the NTA said in a statement.
“Additionally, in case of JEE-Mains, the number of shifts has been increased from the earlier 8 to 12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from earlier 1.32 lakh to 85,000 now,” it added.
“In order to ensure proper social distancing inside the examination halls, the candidates will be seated in alternate seats in case of JEE-Mains. In case of NEET, the number of candidates per room has been reduced from 24 to 12,” it further added.
Postpone the Exams: Students| NEET, JEE
Students have been protesting the same in view of increasing cases of the virus.
The Supreme Court had last week dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the two exams amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, saying the precious academic year 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 said.