The National Testing Agency (NTA) has increased the number of exam centers for the JEE (Main) exam from 570 to 660 and for NEET (UG) 2020 from 2,546 to 3,843 in order to maintain social distancing at these centers.
JEE (Main) is a computer-based test and NEET (UG) is a pen-based test. In addition, in the case of JEE (Main), the number of shifts was increased from 8 to 12 and the number of candidates per shift was reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85,000.
“In order to ensure adequate social distancing in the exam rooms, in the case of JEE (Main) candidates will sit in alternative seats. In the case of NEET (UG), the number of candidates per room has been reduced from 24 to 12, ”said an official statement.
In order to ensure social distancing outside the examination room, the entrances and exits of the candidates were staggered. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the test centers to allow applicants to stand with reasonable social distance while waiting. Candidates were also given a hint directing them to “do’s and don’ts” for proper social distancing, the statement added.
Around 8.58 Lakh and 15.97 Lakh candidates were registered for JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) 2020.
The NTA has also written to state governments to expand candidate support for the local movement so they can get to their exam centers on time.
Last week tickets for the JEE (main) exam were released. The NEET (UG) 2020 admission cards will also be published shortly. The testing agency said more than 99 percent of candidates on both exams were given first choice for cities in the center.
JEE (Main) and NEET (UG), which were supposed to take place earlier in July, have been postponed to September due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now the JEE (main) exam takes place between September 1st and September 6th. At the same time, the NEET (UG) will take place on September 13, 2020.
“We note that the prayer for the postponement of the examination in question in relation to NEET UG-2020 and JEE (Main) April 2020 contains absolutely no justification,” the Supreme Court previously ordered.