JEE, NEET 2020: NTA says it will hold exams in September with due precautions

The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Friday said that it was going to hold the NEET and JEE (Main) exams in September even as concerns continued over the move in view of the increasing COVID-19 cases. JEE Mains is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6, while NEET UG 2020 is to be conducted on September 13.

In a statement released on Friday, NTA said even the Supreme Court had not found justification in a petition for postponement of the examinations. On Monday, the top court had rejected the plea filed on August 7 by 11 students to postpone the exams in view of rising number of Coronavirus cases in the country.

“In our opinion, though there is pandemic situation, but ultimately life has to go and the career of the students cannot be put on peril for long and full academic year cannot be wasted…the examination is going to be held with due precaution and it is not going to be postponed. Thus, we find no merit in the writ petition,” the top court had said while rejecting the plea of students.

A total of 15,97,433 candidates have registered for NEET UG and 8,58,273 candidates have registered for JEE Mains exams this year.

NTA said in the statement that it will conduct the exams with proper precautions including sanitization of centres, providing fresh masks and gloves (on request) etc.

“Based on the MHRD’s (Now MoEs) Guidelines for Conduct of Examinations, the NTA has made elaborate arrangements to sanitise the centres before and after the conduct of the examinations, give fresh masks and hand gloves (as per request). The NTA has also prepared comprehensive Advisory regarding COVID-19 for all functionaries for centre management. This advisory has also been developed based on the MHRD’s Guidelines,” the statement reads.

“In order to solicit support of the states for maintaining law and order condition, power supply, facilitation of movement of candidates and exam functionaries, crowd management in front of exam centres, etc., the NTA has also written to the state chief secretaries, DGPs, and DMs/ SPs of the concerned cities. They have also been informed about the advisory regarding COVID-19 for all functionaries, and their support has been solicited,” the statement added.

NTA has already released the admit cards for JEE Mains 2020 on August 17. Admit card for NEET will also be released soon. A total of 6,49,223 candidates have downloaded the JEE admit cards so far, against a total number 8,58,273, NTA informed.

The agency had also given the candidates of JEE and NEET several opportunities to change their option of centre city so that the candidates can opt for a centre close to their home. A total of 6,61,911 candidates availed this opportunity and they were considered for centres based upon their latest (revised) option.

“NTA is happy to share with the JEE (Main) 2020 candidates that it has been able to offer the first choice of preference of centre cities to 99.07% of the candidates. 142 candidates have, subsequently requested for a change in their allotted centre city due to various reasons, and the NTA is considering these requests positively,” the statement further said.

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