The National Testing Agency has designed a blueprint to organize the Joint Entrance Examination [JEE] Main under the bio-secure environment across the nation. Considering the current COVID-19 crisis, the NTA has planned to transform the normal exam venues into bio-secured zones. This year, more than 8.5 lakh students will take up the JEE Main examination at various centers in India.
To ensure the safety and protection of the students and the staff, NTA has designed such a secure environment. As part of this high-end planning, the agency has already made the necessary arrangements. It has kept a stock of about 10 lakh pair of gloves, 10 lakh masks, 1300 infrared thermometer guns, 3300 spray bottles, 6600 liters of disinfectant liquid, 6600 liters of hand sanitizer, 6600 sponges and 3300 staff for cleaning.
For making all these essential arrangements, it cost around Rs. 13 crores for the National Testing Agency. After the outbreak of the perilous COVID-19 pandemic in India, JEE Main 2020 is the first pan-India examination organized by NTA. As per the latest reports, the conducting body will hold the JEE Main exam at a total of 660 exam venues in the country.
After several conflicts and discussions over holding the JEE Main and NEET examination, NTA has finally decided to conduct the exam amid the coronavirus crisis. A large group of students across different states and some of the Chief Ministers have opposed the NTA’s decision of conducting these exams. Even, the Supreme Court has given a verdict to hold the exams despite the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that the JEE Main and NEET exams will be conducted as per the schedule. The JEE Main 2020 will be organized between 1st and 6th September while the NEET 2020 exam will be conducted on 13th September. JEE Main is an online examination while NEET 2020 is the pen-and-paper examination organized to provide admissions into various dental and medical colleges.
This year, about 8.5 lakh candidates have applied for JEE Main examination. A total of 1.14 lakh invigilators have been assigned to supervise the students during the exam at all the exam venues. Before the apex court’s verdict, NTA has decided to hold the JEE Main exam in 570 exam venues. Later, it has increased the number of test venues to 660 considering the coronavirus pandemic.
The organizing body has ensured that the exam will be conducted to all the students by following proper social distancing and other precautionary measures at all the test venues. Vineet Joshi, the Director-General of NTA said that a total of 2 invigilators will be appointed for 15 students during the exam. The number of students per shift has been lessened to 1.32 lakh to 85000. The shift count has been enhanced from 8 to 12.
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