JEE, NEET 2020 LIVE Updates: The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday confirmed that the Joint Entrance Examination or JEE (Main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET (UG) will be conducted as per the schedule set by the Center, as the entrance examinations will not be postponed.
In view of the academic interest of the students, JEE, NEET 2020 exams are now to be conducted as follows:
- JEE (Main) on 1-6 September
- NEET (UG) on 13 September
The National Testing Agency issued a notification, stating that NEET and JEE main examinations 2020 will be held in September in the interest of students. The NTA also spoke of steps being taken to protect candidates amid concerns of coronavirus disease.
The notification was released on Tuesday amid growing protests in the country to postpone these exams due to the growing number of Coronavirus cases in the country.
Describing its decision not to postpone the exam amidst concerns of COVID, the NTA notification stated that even the Supreme Court had not found any justification in the prayers for the postponement of NEET and JEE (Main) exam 2020. “The Hon’ble Supreme Court also, inter alia, ordered that” we find that there is no justification in the prayer made for postponing the examination in question relating to NEET UG-2020 and JEE (Chief) April 2020 “. The notification reads.
NTA further stated that the admit cards for JEE Main have already been issued and the admit cards for NEET (UG) 2020 will also be released soon. NTA further said that we have ensured that more than 99% of the candidates in these two exams get the first choice from the center cities.
“The number of examination centers has also increased from 570 to 660 (in case of JEE Main) and 2546 to 3843 (in case of NEET (UG) 2020). JEE (Main) is a Computer Based Test (CBT) and NEET (UG) is a Pen Paper Based Test. Additionally, in the case of JEE (Main), the number of shifts has been increased from the earlier 8 to 12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from the earlier 1.32 lakhs to 85000, ”the notice reads.
In addition, the number of NEET candidates sitting in each room has been reduced from the earlier 24 to now 12, whereas, in the JEE Mains exam, candidates will be seated in alternate seats.
Earlier in the day, the agency issued several guidelines for candidates in the wake of the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Among the instructions, students are instructed to carry a personal bottle of water and hand sanitizer to the exam center as well as maintain social distancing.
Apart from these items, only the admit card will be allowed inside the examination center. However, the candidate will be required to remove the mask worn by them at home, and “only use masks provided at the center”.
To avoid congestion at the entrance of the examination center due to the simultaneous arrival of the candidates, they will be given staggered time slots for reporting. Staggering action of time slots will be taken to ensure uniform distribution of candidates across rooms during admission to the examination centers.
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 so that the candidates can stand with substantial social disturbances while waiting.
“Advisors have also been issued guiding the candidates about the” Do’s and Don’ts “for proper social disturbances. The NTA has also written to the state governments to increase support in the local movement of the candidates so that they can get to their examination centers on time, ”it said.
NTA assures all candidates a safe environment for tests and solicits cooperation from candidates and their parents in following standard operating procedures.
Meanwhile, the chorus of postponing various examinations, including NEET and JEE, grew strongly in view of the growing COVID-19 cases. The crowd, along with political leaders like Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and others, loudly urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Education Minister to postpone the competitive examinations during the epidemic.