The National Testing Agency has started holding the JEE Main 2020 examination from 1st September 2020 across various states in India. About 55 percent of the candidates who had registered for the exam have attended the entrance exam on the first day in the state of Gujarat. About 45 percent of the students haven’t attended the Joint Entrance Examination [JEE Main] 2020 in Gujarat. In the previous year, the JEE Main entrance exam was organized in April and witnessed an overall attendance percentage of about 85%.
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the officials have postponed the JEE Main exam to September this year. As per the schedule, the entrance exam was conducted in two shifts on the first day. The JEE Main exam will be organized until 6th September 2020. In Gujarat, about 3020 candidates have applied for the national level examination in two shifts. But, only 1669 students have attended the examination on Tuesday. It means a total of 1351 students haven’t written the examination – 530 candidates in the first shift and 821 students in the second shift.
The officials of the conducting body considered this enhanced absenteeism due to the postponement in organizing the entrance exam. Moreover, this exam has been conducted after holding the state entrance test GUJCET [Gujarat Common Entrance Test]. This year, the entire academic year has been disturbed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virendra Rawat, the state coordinator for JEE Main said, ‘The attendance of 80-85 percent was recorded last April. On the first day, it is usually less but it improves over six days. This is expected this time too. The overall attendance will improve on the sixth day.’ In the previous years, the percentage of candidates skipping the JEE Main examination was between 25 and 30 percent. The percentage of students who skipped the exam turned out to become 10 to 15 percent more than the average.
The JEE Main examination was organized for the students of BArch and BPlanning on 1st September 2020. Anju Sharma, the Principal Secretary Education said, ‘The candidates who had appeared for the GUJCET and believed that it went well had an idea where they stand a chance of admission. This was the reason why we conducted the GUJCET before JEE unlike previous years as we wanted to give this benefit to students. This can also be reflected from the fact that when the registrations for GUJCET were extended, there was a high number of students who registered for it.’
The officials have allotted the exam centers on the city outskirts mostly in different Government, Non-Government colleges, schools, and private universities. As per some of the media reports, the JEE Main exam was not organized in two test venues in Uttar Pradesh. The two centers include Jankipuram Extension and Krishna Nagar. It caused some sort of confusion among the candidates.
However, the National Testing Agency has clarified the confusion through its official Twitter handle. It said that the officials haven’t scheduled any exam in the aforesaid reported test venues. The tweet reads, ‘This is false information. There are no exams scheduled in Krishna Nagar and Jankipuram Extension centers today.’ Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about various exams and results.