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The JEE (main) exam for access to engineering schools began on Tuesday. The computer-based exam will be carried out in two shifts from September 1st to 6th. The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is scheduled for September 13th.

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Updated: 09/01/2020 10:42 AM IST

1) The JEE (main) exam for access to engineering schools started on Tuesday. The computer-based exam will be carried out in two shifts from September 1st to 6th. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled for September 13th. Up to 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 15.97 lakh have registered for NEET. By Monday evening, over 7.7 lakh students had already downloaded the tickets for the exams.

2) Before the exam, the Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, contacted the prime ministers of various states for help in conducting the exam. The decision to hold the two tests, which over 25 lakh students signed up for, amid a pandemic has been controversial. Several opposition-ruled states had questioned the move.

3) Several states have taken steps to help students reach exam centers. The railways allowed candidates and their legal guardians to use special suburban trains in Mumbai on exam days. Entry to stations would be based on JEE and NEET tickets. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has urged other general passengers not to commute. States like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have also announced that they will be transporting candidates. A group of IIT alumni and students have also set up a portal to provide transportation to exam centers for candidates in need.

4) The National Testing Agency (NTA) has created a detailed protocol to ensure that the two tests are carried out as contactlessly as possible. Entire premises would be renovated. Crowds would be avoided. Disinfectants, masks, etc. would be allowed.

5) The NEET and JEE exams are among the ones that the NTA must conduct in September. The Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET), which continues September 6-11. Another exam, which is the first test, is access to the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) undergraduate program. The tests will take place on September 7th and 8th. The entrance test for the MBA course at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is planned for September 15. The UGC-NET exam will be held from September 16 to 18 and again from September 21 to 25. According to an NTA circular, the All India Ayush Post Graduate Entrance Test is scheduled for September 28th.

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