The JEE exam starts positive in the states of Telugu
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HYDERABAD / VIJAYAWADA: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and unprecedented precautions by the authorities, students in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh appeared at the joint entrance examination (JEE-Main) on Tuesday.

The first session of the examination for admission to engineering schools was held in the morning in 79 centers – 27 in Telangana and 52 in Andhra Pradesh.

The students who took the test from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. were satisfied with the arrangements made at the centers.

They said authorities arranged for social distancing and provided fresh masks upon arrival at the centers. Within the centers the seating arrangements were made with social distancing between the students.

“I had no problem. They made all the right arrangements and guided the students,” said one candidate who was writing the exam at a center in LB Nagar, Hyderabad.

The students had reached the centers two hours before the exam. There were tense moments for some arriving late at a couple of centers in Hyderabad.

Some parents complained that they had to travel 40 to 50 km to reach the centers.

Parents accompanying the students said they had a hard time getting to the centers because Road Transport Corporation (RTC) has still not resumed operations while subway services have been suspended.

The second exam session started at 3 p.m. The JEE (main) exams will continue until September 6th.

Exam centers have been set up in Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Khammam, Nalgonda, Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar, Amaravati, Chittoor, Vijayawada and other locations.

Students who registered for exams in Hyderabad but had to return to their hometowns in Telangana or neighboring Andhra Pradesh faced difficulties.

“We arrived from Nizamabad last night and had a hard time getting to the center,” said G. Pushpa, whose daughter appeared at the exam at a center in L. B. Nagar.

Overall, however, the parents were relieved that the tests for their wards were finally over. They said by the time they got to the centers they would be curious to see if the exams would be postponed.

They have been postponed twice because of the pandemic, and students said the uncertainty and confusion of the past few weeks had affected their preparations.

The parents were satisfied that the authorities had taken all the precautions, such as searching students with metal detectors, thermal scanning and carrying water bottles.

They strictly followed the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines in the centers. In accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) set by the National Testing Agency (NTA), the test centers were renovated before and after the test.

According to the SOP, candidates who appear for the exam must submit a self-declaration stating that they are not Covid-19 positive. They were advised to bring a clear ballpoint pen, additional photo, personal hand sanitizer, clear water bottle, and original ID to the exam center.

Upon arrival at the centers, students were asked to throw the masks they were wearing in the trash can and get fresh masks from a box kept nearby.

72,681 students in Andhra Pradesh and 67,319 in Telangana have registered for JEE (Main).

The COVID-19 fear resulted in a 35 percent decrease in registrations for JEE compared to the first phase in January. The exam takes place in two phases each year – January and April – and the highest score is taken into account for admission.

In January, 1,29,100 students attended the test in Andhra Pradesh, while 1,00,129 students had taken the test in Telangana.

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