“An estimated 88 percent of candidates showed up for the NEET exam today,” said Patnaik, adding that there is absolutely no problem in any center in the state.
While thanking the state government, the knot officer said that after the thermal screening, candidates were given access to the exam centers and provided with face masks and disinfectants. The state government and the railways provided transportation for students and their legal guardians.
Students were housed in six separate engineering college dorms in Bhubaneswar, Khurda District Magistrate S K Mohanty said, adding that local transportation was also provided to candidates via auto rickshaws and taxis.
Mohanty said PPE was also provided to supervisors while the exam was being performed. Medical teams were deployed in all examination centers.
A maximum of 12 candidates were allowed to sit in a room, he said, adding that the investigation was conducted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in strict compliance with health safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.
The knot officer said candidates appeared on the exam with face masks and social distancing in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Berhampur, Rourkela, Balasore and Sambalpur.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has housed NEET candidates and their parents, said BMC Commissioner P C Chaudhury.