NTA Issues NEET 2020 Protocol for Conducting Exam in this Pandemic

National Testing Agency [NTA] has been making necessary arrangements to conduct the NEET exam in September across various exam venues. In recent times, NTA has released a detailed protocol on how to conduct the exercise wherein approximately 15 lakh candidates could take part in the exam. By following adequate safety and social distancing norms, NTA will conduct the NEET exam.

NEET 2020 Protocol

The conducting body has decided to stagger the time slots for the students to report at the exam venues to evade massive crowd entering the exam centers at a time. At the entry points, all the students and staff members will be checked with thermo guns if they have a fever. If any student or a staff member is witnessed to have above normal temperature or has any COVID-19 symptom, they will be sent to a separate isolation room.

The candidates who will reach the exam venue will be permitted to enter the exam hall only if they carry the following things.

  • Face should be covered with a mask
  • Hand Gloves
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer [Say 50 ml]
  • Personal Transparent Water Bottle
  • Documents related to the entrance exam such as ID Card, Admit Card and others

National Testing Agency also clarified some things that will be usually done at the exam venues. Through the detailed protocol, NTA confirmed that body pat frisking of the students will not be done before letting them enter the exam. Instead, they will be using a metal detector that comes with a long handle for carrying out the frisking of the students.

Frisking through this metal detector will be mandatory for all the students who reach the exam centers. The staff who conducts frisking must ensure that the metal detector doesn’t come in physical contact with any of the students. The authorities will make sure that there are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals present in each exam room and all the exam venues.

Each registration hall or room must have a table that measures at least 3 feet in width. Each candidate will display the documents for the exam invigilator so that he or she can view it sans touching the document. Usually, invigilators will physically move inside the exam hall during the exams. This custom of moving around the room will be diminished.

The provision of a water dispenser will be stopped. Instead, each student must bring their water bottles and place them next to their tables. As per the protocol released by NTA, the masks and gloves should be disposed of in a pedal push provided at each exam venue and outside the exam hall.

One of the officials said, ‘Top medical professionals of repute like Dr. G C Khilnani, former head of pulmonary medicine in AIIMS, Delhi, Dr. Arvind Kumar, Head of Chest Surgery, and Dr. Ashok Kumar Jariyal, professor of physiology are among experts that NTA has been relying on to form a comprehensive plan to ensure all students and staff are safe.’

NTA has been planning a design a detailed protocol to make sure that these exams are organized in a ‘touchless’ manner and by following social distancing measures. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about various education news across the country.

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