New Delhi, August 26
Over 14 lakh college students have already downloaded admit playing cards for engineering and medical entrance exams, JEE-Mains and NEET, scheduled in September, in line with National Testing Agency (NTA) officers.
The NTA launched admit playing cards for NEET on Wednesday amid rising clamour for postponement of the 2 exams in view of rising COVID-19 instances.
“The admit cards for NEET were released at 12 pm today and within three hours over four lakh students had already downloaded it. The number rose to 6.84 lakh by evening. We have ensured that 99 per cent candidates get their first choice of centre cities,” a senior NTA official mentioned.
A complete of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) which is scheduled for September 13.
“A total of 7.41 lakh candidates out of 8.58 lakh have downloaded their admit cards for JEE-Mains till Tuesday evening. Only 332 candidates have requested for change of their centre which is being considered positively,” the official added.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains, for admission to engineering schools is scheduled from September 1-6.
As requires postponement of the essential exams grew louder, the Ministry of Education (MoE) officers reiterated that the exams can be carried out as per schedule in September.
Increasing the variety of examination centres, alternate seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the many steps the NTA will take for safely conducting NEET and JEE-Mains subsequent month.
“The number of examination centres have also been increased from 570 to 660 (for JEE Mains) and 2,546 to 3,843 (for NEET). While JEE-Mains is a computer-based test, NEET is a pen-paper test,” the NTA mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
“Additionally, in case of JEE-Mains, the number of shifts have been increased from 8 earlier to 12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from earlier 1.32 lakh to 85,000 now,” it mentioned.
“In order to ensure proper social distancing inside 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 added.
For making certain social distancing exterior the examination corridor, the entry and exit of candidates has been staggered.
“Adequate arrangements have also been made outside examination centres to enable candidates to stand with adequate social distancing, while waiting. Candidates have also been issued an advisory guiding them about the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for proper social distancing,” the NTA mentioned.
There have been calls for from a number of quarters to additional postpone the doorway exams in view of accelerating coronavirus instances.
On Tuesday, Swedish teen local weather change campaigner Greta Thunberg additionally threw her weight behind suspending the exams in view of the pandemic.
“It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit for national exams during the COVID-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID,” she mentioned in a tweet.
Several opposition leaders in India, together with Congress’ Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, DMK president MK Stalin and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia have demanded that the exams be postponed.
The Supreme Court had final week dismissed a plea looking for postponement of the 2 exams amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 instances, saying treasured yr of scholars “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.
In a gathering convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on a variety of points forward of Monsoon Session of Parliament, chief ministers of seven states unanimously agreed to the necessity for submitting a overview petition urging the Supreme Court to rethink its latest order rejecting postponement of the aggressive exams.
The NTA has additionally written to state governments to increase help in native motion of the candidates in order that they’re able to attain their examination centres on time.
JEE-Mains was initially speculated to be held from April 7-11, then postponed to July 18-23, and eventually rescheduled to September 1-6. NEET-UG was initially scheduled for May 3, then pushed to July 26, and is now scheduled to be held on September 13. — PTI