On the first day of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), the majority of candidates were dropped off by their parents in the exam centers, where all protocols were followed to ensure the exams ran smoothly.
Various measures have been taken, including providing a new mask for each student when entering the center to keep a computer distance between two candidates, to ensure safety and avoid any physical contact during the exam.
However, while testing centers went the extra mile to provide a convenient environment for students to take the exams, some of them felt that showing up for the exam in the current testing pandemic times will affect their performance.
“The exam centers were much better organized this time around than last year,” said Khushi Jain.
This was Jains, a student of Vidyamandir, the second attempt at JEE (Main). When entering the examination center, the candidates were given a new mask. There was also a gap between two candidates in the examination hall.
Some students felt that taking the competitive exam during these test times would have a negative impact on their performance.
“Writing the exam this year was a bit difficult with a mask. After a while, I had to take off my gloves, but I kept disinfecting my hands. I definitely think that my performance would have been better if I had shown up for the exam under normal circumstances, ”said Tisha Sharma, who is from Noida.
This year the National Testing Agency, which conducts JEE, NEET (UG) exams, increased the number of centers from 570 to 660 (in the case of JEE Main) and from 2,546 to 3,843 (in the case of NEET (UG) 2020) elevated.
Candidates were instructed to sit in alternate seats. In order to ensure social distancing outside the examination room, the entrances and exits of the candidates were staggered.