The computer-based entrance exams run by the National Testing Agency begin on September 6th and end on September 11th. They take place in three slots from 8 a.m. in 24 centers across the country.
A total of 1.47 Lakh students have applied for the Masters programs, while 21,699 are vying for the MPhil / PhD programs. The student entrance exams are held for three management courses, journalism, education and some special programs. Most of the time, students who failed to score more than 90% on the board exams in Class XII have applied for such courses.
Siddhant Chohan, an MA (social work) aspirant, said, “The mere thought of sitting for an entrance exam for two hours in this weather wearing a mask and gloves is exhausting.”
Students are also concerned about travel restrictions and accommodation as hotels remain closed in many locations. The centers are located in selected cities. In Uttar Pradesh, for example, the centers are only in Varanasi.
The clash of entrance exam dates is another concern for aspirants. DU’s joint admission test for management courses is scheduled on the same day as the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). “I applied for CLAT, JAT and a course at IIM-Indore. All entrance exams are scheduled for September 7th. I’m in a dilemma as to which to appear for. I wish the authorities had set the schedule after that Coordination with each other, “said one student.
Some DU students also raised concerns about submitting their master’s degree entrance exams, as their final exam last year in pen-and-paper mode was scheduled for later September 14th. “I couldn’t take the online open book exams. I don’t know if I’m eligible to take the Masters course entrance exam because I haven’t yet taken my final exam. I hope the university will put out a circular and some Provides clarifications on the matter, “said Dhiren Shah. a political science student last year.
Since NTA also issued a schedule for JEE, NEET and other university exams, students protested the decision on Twitter using the hashtag #ProtestAgainstExamsinCovid. The students had previously moved the Supreme Court for postponing the exam, but the petition was dismissed.
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh said: “The government has completely ignored the students’ demands despite highlighting their complaints. How should students affected by Covid or floods take the exams?”