Security personnel doing sanitization and thermal check-up of students and examinees during the JEE examination at an exam center, in Kolkata on Wednesday.
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For many students performing at JEE-Mains in Delhi, the day started with exam anxiety and concerns about contracting COVID-19, but special precautions at centers to combat the virus allayed their fears and they were eventually relieved that they weren’t lost an academic year because of the pandemic.

The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) -Mains for engineering college admission began Tuesday amid strict precautionary and social distancing measures in the face of the pandemic, although some quarters have called for the crucial exam to be postponed, which had already been postponed twice.

Nikhil Kumar, who had traveled from Uttam Nagar to his center in Vivek Vihar, said the exam went smoothly. “The staff on the premises ensured adequate social distancing. The exam went fine. I prepared for entry through online courses. I’m relieved that despite so many delays, the exam is finally over, ”he said.

Vishal Gupta, a resident of Bhikaji Kama Place, said he reached the center by taxi. “The exam took place from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. There were about 50 students in the room where my exam was scheduled. Social distancing norms were strictly followed by school staff. I had no trouble getting to the center, ”said Gupta.

Bhushan Gaur, 17, who came to Vivek Vihar from Khanpur, said that although he was afraid of coming into contact with the virus, he was relieved that everything went well.

“My JEE exam starts at 2.30 p.m. At first I was afraid that I might come into contact with the virus, but when I got to the center I gained confidence. I had made my preparations and I am relieved that it will be over. Waiting another year would have been problematic. “The coaching institutes ran online courses and also shared PDF material of the course,” said Gaur. Sanjay Kumar, his father, said they were initially concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Vishal Yadav, a resident of Jagatpuri in Shahdara, said that social distancing was the main concern on his mind.

“The school staff gave us disinfectants three times. When we entered the school, they also gave us a mask and asked the students to remove the old one. In the middle we sat on alternative chairs, ”said Yadav.

Scenes outside exam centers across the country reflected the “new normal” amid the pandemic – staggered entries and exits for candidates, disinfectants at the gates, distribution of masks and students queuing with safe social distance.

JEE-Mains, the first large-scale test conducted as part of the pandemic, is scheduled for September 1-6. Over 9 Lakh candidates have signed up for the exam for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs, and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs). .

While the Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments have assured students that they will transport candidates, a group of IIT alumni and students have set up a portal to provide examination center transport for the candidates in need.

Increasing the number of exam centers, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room, and staggered entry and exit are among the steps the National Testing Agency has taken to safely conduct the crucial exam.

Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases, there has been a growing chorus for postponing JEE Mains and the NEET medical entrance exam. The Supreme Court had previously denied a request to postpone the two exams as the number of COVID-19 cases had soared. He said a “precious year” of students cannot be wasted and life must go on.

Based on the results of JEE Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2, the best 2.45 lakh candidates can apply for the JEE Advanced exam, which is a one-stop exam for admission the 23 leading Indian Technology Institutes (IITs). JEE-Advanced will take place on September 27th.

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