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The Director-General of NTA, Dr Vineet Joshi, has assured students in a live interview with DD News that entrance exams like JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in a ‘safe and secure’ manner. He has also said that a detailed plan has been set to conduct the JEE Main and NEET entrance exams.
Even though JEE Main Admit Card 2020 has been released for candidates, there have been requests to postpone the exam from various state governments. Students can download their JEE Main Admit Card from jeemain.nta.nic.in. NTA has also released the NEET 2020 Admit Card on 26th August.
A total of 7.41 lakh candidates out of 8.58 lakh have downloaded the admit cards. Only 332 candidates have requested for change of their centre cities, which are being considered positively. #JEENEET pic.twitter.com/DTzvORkNgn
— DD News (@DDNewslive) August 26, 2020
How Well Is NTA Prepared?
As per the official statement by NTA, 7.41 lakh candidates have downloaded their respective JEE Main Admit Card. Almost 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the April/September 2020 session.
- In the official press release, NTA also clarified that the number of JEE Main Exam Centres have been increased many folds from 570 to 660. The number of shifts has also been increased from 8 to 12 which has reduced the number of test-takers in each shift.
- As per the official figures, JEE Main 2020 has 120 candidates and each centre instead of 234 last year.
Mr Joshi quoted various points of COVID-19 Safety Protocols for JEE Main 2020 issued by NTA in the interview. He said that further postponement of the entrance exams will hamper the academic year for many students.
He also mentioned about the Odd-Even Rule to be followed at JEE Main Exam Halls. The seating arrangement will be in a manner that students of each shift will sit on alternate systems. Further, first shift candidates will be seated on odd-numbered systems while second shift candidates will be seated on even-numbered systems. This will ensure that on a single day, no two candidates use the same computers.
Here’s the full interview of Dr Vineet Joshi-
The staff and other officials of NTA have been preparing to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) at the exam centres properly. The JEE Main 2020 Admit Cards will work as travel passes for containment zones.
However, it is yet to see how many students will actually take the JEE Main entrance exam during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of COVID-19 cases reached a new high of 75,000+ on Thursday with total cases soaring to 33 lakhs in India.
The revised exam date for JEE Main 2020 is coming closer. JEE Main April 2020 session which has been postponed thrice is scheduled to be conducted from 1st to 6th September 2020. As per the official notice by NTA, the JEE Main Admit Card 2020 will be released 15 days prior to the exam date. This could mean that NTA will release the admit cards on or around 15th August 2020.
Meanwhile, there have been petitions at Supreme Court demanding postponement of JEE Main and another petition to ensure it is conducted as per schedule. And till now, no wording has been given by either of the parties interested in JEE Main. However, many students have been protesting online using various hashtags to postpone or cancel JEE Main 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In another update, UPSC has released the admit card for NDA (I) Exam 2020 which has been scheduled for 6th September 2020. This could mean that JEE Main and NEET 2020 might be conducted as per the current schedule by NTA, without any further postponement.
JEE Main 2020: Exam Day Guidelines For Students
NTA will also issue exam day guidelines for students, as well as, parents/guardians. It has already been advised to all the students that they carry a small sanitizer in transparent containers only.
- Due to COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions and measures will be taken for sanitization and frisking. Hence, students are advised to appear at least an hour before the entry at JEE Main exam centres.
- The exam shifts have been notified as 1st shift from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2nd shift from 3 PM to 6 PM. This has been done to ensure proper sanitization of exam halls after 1st shifts.
- Social distancing must be maintained at all times, inside and outside the exam centre. Force will be deployed to ensure that no one breaks any social distancing norms.
Along with this, parents and guardians are advised to not visit the exam centres if possible. If necessary, they are advised to drop the candidates at exam centres and vacate the exam centres ASAP. Official guidelines will be announced along with the JEE Main Admit Card 2020.