Of the 15+ lakh candidates who signed up for the NEET exam, around 85 to 90% of students took the exam on Sunday.
The Union’s Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, thanked the states for disclosing the figures. Many of them had even arranged transportation to take into account the difficulties the candidates were facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NTA told me that around 85-90% of students took the #NEET exam today. I sincerely thank all Prime Ministers and @DG_NTA for the reasonable arrangements that have been made to facilitate student participation. Participating in #NEET reflects the tenacity and strength of the young #AtmaNirbharBharat, “Pokhriyal said in a tweet.
NTA informed me that about 85-90% of the students have appeared in #NEET Exam today. I thank all prime ministers and @DG_NTA for reasonable accommodation to facilitate student participation. #NEET Participation reflects the tenacity and strength of young people #AtmaNirbharBharat .
– Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) September 13, 2020
He thanked all Prime Ministers and DG NTA Vineet Joshi for making reasonable arrangements to facilitate student participation.
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“Participation in NEET reflects the tenacity and strength of young people,” said the Union Education Minister.
The NEET visitor numbers are higher than the JEE (Main) visitor numbers of around 74%. NTA officials have attributed this to the fact that JEE (Main) takes place twice a year.
Many students who had already taken the exam in January may have chosen to skip the test in September due to COVID-19 concerns.
Taking the NEET exam was more challenging than the JEE (Main) technical entrance exam because the number of candidates is much larger. Over 15 Lakh students have signed up for the NEET exam, which is scheduled to take place in one day. The JEE took place September 1-6, and the number of candidates was fewer, over 8 lakh.
To maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of exam centers from originally planned 2,546 to 3,843, while reducing the number of candidates per room from an earlier 24 to 12.
National aptitude test (NEET) which is a pen and paper based test as opposed to JEE which is a computer based test. The NTA has taken extensive precautions to ensure social distancing during the exam.
The centre’s decision to conduct the NEET the JEE exam has been criticized by several opposition leaders who questioned the wisdom of the move as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on. However, the Union’s Ministry of Education has stressed that failure to take the test could result in a zero year, which would not be in the interests of students.