JEE Main 2020 The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Wednesday, August 26, said it is “fully prepared” to conduct the JEE (Main) and NEET, for admission to engineering and medical courses respectively, in a “safe and secure” manner with all precautions in place in the wake of the pandemic.
After JEE (Main), NTA on Wednesday released admit cards for NEET. As of 8 pm, a total of 15.3 lakh admit cards had been downloaded, including 7.9 lakh for NEET. Over 9.5 lakh candidates are to appear in JEE (Main) and more than 15 lakh in NEET.
With an increase in number of centres, the average number of candidates — city-wise and centre-wise — came down for both the exams. For JEE (Main), average number of candidates per centre will be 120 as against 234 in the January cycle and for NEET-UG, it would be 416 as compared to 597 in 2019.
NTA Director General Vineet Joshi said at any given time there will be a maximum of just 15 candidates at the registration desk and the complete process from entry to exit of candidates will be contact-less— right from frisking to verification of documents and during the exam.
“We have ensured crowd management before and after the exam. For the candidates, we have allotted staggered reporting time. Say there are 150 candidates at a centre, we have separated them into groups and they will report in a gap of 30 to 40 minutes. There will be queue managers at the entry and candidates will be made to stand at demarcated areas to ensure social distancing. At the outer cordon, there will be people to ensure that accompanying guardians drop their wards and move on. They will not be allowed to park vehicles and stand at the entry. We have also written to the local authorities so that the local police can help us,” said Joshi.
He said any further postponement of the exams would seriously hamper the academic calendar as it takes lot of time to make preparations. “Shifting of the exam involves huge logistical exercise. Thousands of centres are to be contacted again for their availability. Also availability of supervisors and invigilators, movements of tonnes of materials and equipment like jammers and CCTV cameras are involved. It takes close to 75-80 days. If it is postponed again, it will have a serious effect on the academic calendar,” he said.
invigilators on implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOP).
“The admit cards will serve as a pass for travelling in containment zones. We have also written to the states so that candidates in their respective region can have a transport facility as that has to be arranged by the local authority,” said Joshi.
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NEET-UG will be conducted at 3,846 centres across 155 cities and JEE (Main) at 615 centres across 234 cities over 12 sessions.