Sources from the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the coveted technical entry test, said: “On average, participation in the JEE (Main) yesterday was around 70%. It was even better today, with an estimated 70-75% of the registered candidates showing up for the Assam test, ”an NTA official told TOI on Thursday.
With the number of registered candidates to appear for B Arch. and B The planning on Tuesday is comparatively much lower than that of the BTech / BE aspirants who took the test on Wednesday. NTA officials said the popularity of BTech / BE courses has again been reflected.
However, there have been many cases where the registered candidates did not show up on the entrance exam so they could stay healthy until the last time the All-Indian Medical Entry NEET (UG) is scheduled (September 13). Although JEE is considered to be one of the toughest exams, many students give NEET (UG) a priority to pursue a medical career.
“I decided not to appear in JEE (Main) on Thursday because of the Covid-19 threat. I want to stay fit and virus-free until the NEET (UG) exam, ”said Shruti Kar, who was about to appear for JEE (Main) in Guwahati. She should appear in the test on Thursday morning shift.
“It is uncomfortable to appear in such an important test with a mask and gloves on. Even so, I made the decision to appear in NEET (UG) as my dream is to pursue a medical career,” she added.
Although the students did not face any problems in the exam centers, some of them who had to rent rented vehicles to appear on the test claimed that the government should have done something about their travel and accommodation. “For students from middle-income families and those with poor financial backgrounds, the state government should have made some arrangements for free transportation and accommodation. There are only six centers for JEE (Main), so many students have to travel miles to reach their exam centers, ”said one of the candidates at the Jorhat center.
Many students had to return home after the test appeared because they were unwilling to stay in paid accommodation, nor were their relatives interested in keeping them in their homes due to the pandemic.