JEE Main in Assam: Less than 50% of the candidates appear on the first day
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GUWAHATI: Fear of Covid-19 infection had a profound impact on the JEE (main) exam in Assam, as less than 50% of the participants were registered at the six exam centers across the state on Tuesday.

“In all of Assam the trend today (Tuesday) was not very encouraging. At the Guwahati center, where the exam was carried out in digital mode, barely 200 of around 600 registered candidates showed up, ”said an official from the National Testing Agency (NTA), who is responsible for carrying out JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) responsible for. in the country.

Officials involved in the examination process blamed the alarming situation due to the pandemic for the poor attendance, as transportation for the examinees by public buses and shared taxis that play on streets with a limited number of passengers is no longer a major hurdle.

“Not only in downtown Guwahati, there were also poor visitor numbers in other centers. On average, only around 40% of the visitors were present, ”added the NTA official. Aside from the Guwahati Center, there are number of centers for JEE (Main) in other districts: Jorhat (2), Dibrugarh (1), Tezpur (1) and Silchar (1).

While many students in the state oppose the behavior of JEE (Main) and NEET (UG), the NSUI and Youth Congress took to the streets to protest against the government’s move to conduct the entrance tests.

The main concern for the NTA authorities in Assam is the NEET (UG) which will take place on September 13th (Sunday). The Assam government and NTA officials held a meeting here on Monday to find out how to easily take the medical entrance test. The number of NEET (UG) aspirants in the state is more than double that in JEE (Main).

In Assam there are 12,803 candidates (6 centers) registered for JEE (Main). For NEET (UG) the number of aspirants is 30,311 (81 centers). Since many of the candidates are registered for both exams, some of the students may not show up for JEE (Main) as a large proportion of them give NEET (UG) more priority, some of the guardians believe.

With the number of registered candidates to appear for B Arch. and B The planning on Tuesday was comparatively much lower than the BTech / BE aspirants appearing in JEE (Main) from Wednesday to Sunday. The challenge for the NTA will be immense over the next few days to ensure Covid-19 protocols and social distancing when testing centers.

“In the last three to four months I have prepared very well for JEE (Main). I have to appear in the test tomorrow. But my parents, who are diabetic, are my main concern. I have to be particularly careful not to become a carrier of the virus, ”said Pradipta Ranjan Mallik, who will perform for JEE (Main) in Guwahati on Wednesday.

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