Amid this pandemic, the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the testing between September 1st and 6th at 26 centers (six centers in Bhubaneswar) in seven cities. These cities were Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, Berhampur, Rourkela, Dhenkanal and Sambalpur.
A total of 38,236 students from Odisha had registered with the NTA for the JEE main exam, but 27,457 students managed to pass the national-level entrance exam at these 26 centers. Around 28 percent of the candidates did not appear for the exam.
According to sources from the Department of Skills Development and Technical Training, a total of 3582 out of 4970 candidates appeared for the entrance test at Cuttack examination centers between September 1 and 6. Similarly, the Dhenkanal centers received 1679 candidates out of 2134 assigned candidates, Sambalpur 2448 out of 3556 candidates, 3258 out of 4525 in Balasore and 2083 out of 2585 candidates in Rourkela.
More than 16,000 candidates had selected six centers in Bhubaneswar, but only 11,170 of them showed up for the six-day exam. The city of Berhampur has received 3,237 candidates at its four of 32,133 centers registered with the NTA before the exam begins.
The first session of the exam was held between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, while the second session started at 3 p.m. and continued until 6 p.m. Students were advised to reach their exam centers at 7am on Sunday morning.
“If the state government had not provided accommodation and transportation for candidates, the percentage of candidates in exam centers would have continued to decline,” said a government official.
The state government has made arrangements for free transportation and accommodation for students in seven cities. The students lived in 20 institutes in seven cities. When Bhubaneswar received the highest candidates, the government had set up six institutes to accommodate the students in need.
The NEET exam will be held in seven cities across the state on September 13.