JEE Mains aspirants arrive at the centre to appear for the exam, at DPG Degree College, in Sector 34, in Gurugram. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
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More than 82 percent of candidates took the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -Main on Thursday’s third day of testing, taking strict precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Department officials said while technical entrance exam participation was 82.14 percent on Thursday, it was 81.08 percent on Wednesday.

On the first day, i.e. H. On Tuesday, 54.67 percent of the candidates for the Bachelor in Architecture and Planning exam had appeared. According to attendance statistics, 3.43 lakh candidates showed up for the exam over the three days. The exam, which was previously postponed twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now running – September 1-6. The JEE Main exam is the first large-scale exam conducted in the country amid the pandemic. Over 9 Lakh candidates have signed up for the exam for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs, and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).

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.

The National Testing Agency has taken several steps to safely complete the critical exam, including number of exam centers, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room, and staggered entrances and exits. Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, there has been a growing chorus for the postponement of 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 cannot be wasted and life must go on.

Based on the results of JEE Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2, the top 2.45 lakh candidates may appear for the JEE Advanced exam, which is a one-stop exam for admission to the 23 leading Indian technology institutes (IITs). JEE-Advanced will take place on September 27th.

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