The NTA has released guidelines for students answering the JEE and NEET entrance examinations. The guidelines are set to ensure minimal to no spread of the Coronavirus during its ongoing pandemic. India is the third most affected country in the world due to the pandemic.
Despite the millions of pleas from both students and the nation, The NTA has decided to keep the JEE and NEET entrance exams. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected India to a great extent. Hence, students from all over the nation have protested against conducting the exams for their safety.
However, those pleas were squashed and the entrance exams are set to take place. The National Testing Agency(NTA) will be scheduling the exams in September this year. JEE will be held from the 1st-6th of September. NEET is scheduled to be held on 13th September. So far, the dates seem fixed.
The JEE (Mains) will be conducted for around 8.6 lakh students. And the NEET (UG) will be answered by approximately 15 lakh students.
Among the detailed guidelines mentioned on the Admit Card, a face mask and hand gloves are made mandatory. They have also been asked to compulsorily carry along a water bottle and hand sanitizers. The location of the exam centre will be sent to students via online links a few days before the exam.
However,amidst the many stringent guidelines, the NTA has permitted a self declaration from candidates that they aren’t infected with the Virus. Gaining access to the exam halls will be in a segregated manner.
Students will have to undergo Thermal Scans to be allowed into the exam halls. Any student whose temperature is recorded above 99.4 degrees Fahrenheit(above 37.4 degrees Celsius) will be sent into “isolation rooms”.
The temperature of the Examiners will also be monitored and recorded. A ‘No Touch Policy’ will also be observed between the Invigilators and students. This means that minimum to no contact will be performed when checking student’s documents like admit card.
The reporting time all over the nation will be split up into different timings. The advisory expresses that “This is being done to ensure uniform distribution of candidates across rooms for entering an examination center.”
Before entering the exam hall, each student would be obliged to wash their hands with soap and water. However, no water dispensers will be provided to bar the possible spread of the COVID-19 Virus. Along with that, the candidate will have to discard their previous masks safely. After that, a new Three-ply face mask will be provided. (Source: HindustanTimes and NDTV).
For Additional Information please visit the NTA’s official website.