The National Testing Agency issued a notice on Tuesday that the 2020 NEET and JEE main exams will be scheduled to take place in September in the interests of students. The JEE (main) exam takes place between September 1st and 6th, while the NEET exam takes place on September 13th. The NTA was also briefed on the steps that will be taken to ensure the safety of candidates in the event of concerns about coronavirus disease.
The notification was released on Tuesday due to growing protests in the country to postpone these exams due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The NTA notice explained its decision not to postpone exams any further due to COVID concerns, stating that even the Supreme Court found no justification in prayer for postponing the NEET and JEE (main) exams in 2020. “The Hon’ble Supreme Court has also done this, among other things, stating that” we state that the prayer for the postponement of the examination in question in relation to NEET UG-2020 and JEE (Main) April 2020 contains absolutely no justification “, says it in the message.
NTA said that the ticket for JEE main has already been released and the tickets for NEET (UG) 2020 will also be released shortly. NTA said we made sure that more than 99% of candidates on both exams received first choice of Center Cities.
“The number of examination centers has also increased from 570 to 660 (in the case of JEE Main) and from 2546 to 3843 (in the case of NEET (UG) 2020). JEE (Main) is a computerized test (CBT) and NEET (UG) is a pen-based test. In addition, in the case of JEE (Main), the number of shifts has been increased from 8 to 12 and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85,000, ”the press release said.
In addition, the number of NEET candidates seated in each room has been reduced from 24 to 12, while for the JEE main exam, candidates sit in alternate seats.
On the previous Sunday the NTA published the detailed protocol for the implementation of the NEET UG on September 13th. According to the protocol, the candidates are given staggered time slots for reporting. All employees and candidates will be checked for fever with thermal guns at the point of entry, and those with symptoms of COVID-19 will be placed in a separate isolation room. Searching with a long handle metal detector is mandatory for all candidates. A Pat Pat Frisking is avoided, however. In addition, manual participation takes place with a signature (with gloves). No thumbprints are taken.