After JEE Main, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is now ready for conducting the NEET Exam. Which is national Entrance cum Eligibility Test for medical courses. It is scheduled to be held on September 13 for which over 15 lakh candidates have registered. The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main), which began on September 1 for admission to engineering colleges, will conclude on Sunday.
The exams are being conducted in September after being postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What the NTA official said
According to NTA officials, 15.97 lakh candidates from across the country have registered for NEET Exam, which is a pen-paper based test, unlike JEE.
COVID 19 measures
In order to maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of centres from 2,546 to 3,843 for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) while the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12.
“For ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates has been staggered. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing while waiting,” a senior NTA official said.
“Candidates have also been issued an advisory guiding them about the ‘dos and don’ts’ for proper social distancing. We have also written to states governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time,” the official added.
Making hand sanitisers available at the entrance of the examination centre and inside the exam hall at all times, replacing the process of checking the admit cards of candidates with barcode readers, increasing the number of examination centres, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room and balanced entry and exit are among the steps the NTA has taken.
“While all the candidates will be asked to go to the exam centres with masks and sanitisers, once they enter the centre, they will have to use the masks provided by the examination authority.
“Each candidate will be offered a three-ply mask at the time of entry and are expected to wear the same during the examination in order to avoid any form of unfair means at the time of examination,” the official added.
While the governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have assured students that they will provide them transportation.
The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the two exams because of rising number of COVID-19 cases, saying a “precious year” of students cannot be wasted and life has to go on.
Several opposition leaders, had demanded that exam should be posponed.
Now the NEET UG has been resheduled for September 13.
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