In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, almost 87.7% of the candidates in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for the undergraduate level (UG) in the state capital appeared on Sunday. NEET is a medical entrance exam.
“Of the 36,000 candidates who were registered for the Lucknow exam, 31,584 were present. 87.7% of the candidates took the exam in 72 centers in the state capital, ”said an official from the district administration.
Candidates expressed satisfaction with the social distancing measures that were being put in place at various exam centers. They said that only 9-12 candidates were made to sit in a room and that adequate spacing was maintained between them. Candidates were given masks at the entrance and the guards cleaned their hands regularly.
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Vaishnavi Prasad, a grade 12 passout from La Martiniere Girls’ College in Lucknow, said, “Before the exam, I was concerned about my health. But the measures in the exam center were incredible. Sufficient distance was maintained. I was very happy with the arrangements. “
Vaishnavi also said, “The paper was balanced. It was a good mix of simple and tricky questions. Those who were better prepared were satisfied with the question paper. “
Hari Om, a candidate from Sitapur, said, “The question paper wasn’t very difficult.” Tahira Bano said it was a moderate paper, adding that the physics part is harder than chemistry and botany. Both Hari Om and Tahira were happy with the social distancing protocol used at the exam center.
District Judge Abhishek Prakash visited the investigation centers to see the progress of the medical entrance exam. He attended Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan Public School, Gomtinagar, and Maharaja Agrasen Public School. He asked the centre’s superintendents to make sure Covid-19 measures were in place.
A total of 1,66,582 candidates from Uttar Pradesh – the second highest after Maharashtras 2,28,914 – signed up for NEET, which took place on Sunday in 320 centers across the state.
Candidates were relieved that the exam finally took place after being postponed twice because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Sumit Kumar Tripathi, who got 99.75% on his ISC exam, said, “We can breathe calmly now.”
Another candidate, Harsh Tewari, said, “We can relax a little now. It was difficult to concentrate on studying during the suspension period. “
The center’s National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the testing at 3,843 centers across India, which registered nearly 15.97 lakh candidates. Last year NEET took place in 188 UP centers and 2,546 centers across India. This year, the number of candidates per room was reduced from 24 to 12 in the wake of the Covid pandemic.