JEE Mains held amid stringent precautions

New Delhi, September 1 

The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Mains for admission to engineering faculties started on Tuesday amid stringent precautions and social distancing measures in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitisers on the gate, distribution of masks and sustaining social distancing as candidates queued up, have been among the many scenes witnessed on the examination centres throughout the nation.

The examination which has been postponed twice in view of COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled from September 1 to six.

“Hand sanitisers are being made available at the entrance of the examination centre and inside the exam hall at all times. The usual process of checking the admit cards of candidates has been replaced with barcode readers, which have been made available to the examination centre authorities,” stated an official of the National Testing Agency (NTA).

“While all the candidates are asked to go to the exam centres with masks and sanitisers, once they enter the centre, they have to use the masks provided by the examination authority. Each candidate will be offered a 3-ply mask at the time of entry and 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.

The first shift of the examination started at 9.30 am whereas the second shift will start from 2.30 pm.

“Before the start of each exam shift and after the last shift ends, all seats will be thoroughly sanitised and the work stations and keyboards will be disinfected,” the NTA official stated.

Over 9 lakh candidates have registered for the JEE-Mains examination for admission to engineering programs in IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).

 Increasing the variety of examination centres, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the many steps the National Testing Agency has taken for safely conducting the essential examination.

While the governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have assured college students that they may present transportation to candidates, a bunch of IIT alumni and college students have additionally launched a portal to supply transport amenities to examination centres for the candidates in want.

There has been a rising refrain for suspending JEE-Mains and medical entrance examination NEET amid the rising variety of COVID-19 instances. 

The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a plea looking for postponement of the 2 exams amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 instances, saying a “precious year” of scholars can’t be wasted and life has to go on.

 Based on the outcomes of the JEE-Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2, the highest 2.45 lakh candidates can be eligible to look for the JEE-Advanced examination, which is a one-stop examination to get admission into the 23 premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). JEE-Advanced is scheduled to happen on September 27. –PTI 

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