National Testing Agency [NTA] has confirmed that the NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 entrance exams will be conducted as per the schedule. There won’t be any further postponement in conducting the entrance examinations, informed NTA through a press notice on Tuesday. The concerned authorities have scheduled to hold the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and Joint Entrance Exam in September 2020. A group of students across different states and some of the political leaders also requested the Government to postpone the entrance tests amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
JEE Main examination has been scheduled to hold between 1st and 6th September 2020 while NEET has been scheduled to organize on 13th September 2020. In the new press release, NTA said, ‘The JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) exams will be held on the dates announced earlier, which are 1st to 6th September and 13th September respectively.’ These exams have been deferred several times before due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NTA also gave an assurance that about 99 percent of the students will get their initial choice of center cities for both the exams. NTA has issued admit cards for JEE examination 2020 already. On Tuesday, the agency has issued admit cards for the students who are about to take up the NEET 2020 exams. In the press release issued on 25th August 2020, the officials mentioned that these entrance tests were rescheduled from July to September upon the request of the students.
Despite the pandemic situation, the officials have decided to hold the exams as per the previous schedule in September 2020. The notice stated that the total number of exam venues have been increased from 570 to 660 considering the spread of coronavirus across the nation. On the other hand, the number of shifts has been increased from 8 to 12 for the JEE Main examination. The number of candidates to take up the exam per shift has been lessened from 1.32 lakh to 85000.
NTA has assured that the exams will be conducted by taking proper social distancing precautions inside the exam halls. The number of students who will take up the NEET exam per room has been lessened from 24 to 12. NTA also asked the Governments of different states to provide their support in the local movement of students so that they can reach their respective exam venues on time without any hassle.
With adequate cooperation from students and their parents, NTA assures that it would provide a safe environment for conducting exams by taking proper precautionary measures. Some of the precautionary measures include sanitizing the exam centers before and after the exams, providing fresh masks and hand gloves to the students upon request. Get to know the latest updates about various education news on this website.