JEE Main September 1, first shift inspection under strict precautions
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NEW DELHI: The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to engineering schools began Tuesday under strict precautionary and social distancing measures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Relocated entrances and exits for candidates, disinfectant at the gate, the distribution of masks and maintaining social distancing in the queue of candidates were among the scenes observed in exam centers across the country.

The exam, postponed twice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled for September 1-6.

“Hand sanitizer is readily available at the entrance to the exam center and in the exam hall. The usual procedure for checking candidates’ admissions cards has been replaced with barcode scanners made available to the exam center authorities,” said an official from the National Testing Agency (NTA ).

“While all candidates are asked to go to the exam centers with masks and disinfectant, they must use the masks provided by the exam authority when entering the center. Each candidate is offered a three-layer mask at the time of Immigration and is expected to take them during the exam must be worn immediately to avoid any form of unfair means at the time of testing, “added the official.

The first shift of the exam started at 9:30 a.m. while the second shift started at 2:30 p.m.

“Before the start of each exam shift and after the end of the last shift, all seats are thoroughly cleaned and the workstations and keyboards disinfected,” said the NTA official.

Over 9 Lakh candidates have registered for the JEE Mains exam for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs, and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).

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.

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.

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 could not 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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