Over 19 lakh candidates have downloaded the admit cards for the medical and engineering entrance exam – NEET and JEE, Ministry of Education officials (MoE) said on Friday.
While the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to be held on 13 September, the Engineering Entrance Examination JEE-Main scheme has been started from 1-6 September.
“A total of 7.6 lakh candidates for JEE-Mains and 11.49 lakh candidates of NEET have downloaded the admit cards till date,” a senior ministry official said.
8.58 lakh candidates have registered for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and 15.97 lakh candidates for MEE.
Examinations have been deferred twice in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
JEE-Mains was originally scheduled to be held from April 7-11, but it was postponed to July 18-23. The NEET-UG was originally scheduled for 3 May, but was pushed to 26 July. Subsequently, the examinations were postponed again and are now scheduled in September.
The issue, which has been the subject of intense public discussion for the past few months, has provoked contrary views, with support for several tests, arguing that not doing so would result in a “zero academic year” for students, while opposing parties And a section of activists are demanding the postponement of the examination in view of the epidemic.
Ministers of six opposition-ruled states moved the Supreme Court on Friday against their order to allow NEET and JEE exams to be held, stating that it failed to secure the “right to life” of students and conduct The “initial logical difficulties” to face were ignored. Them during the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to National Testing Agency (NTA) officials, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for JEE (Main) has been developed by Tata Consultancy Services in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The SOP has clearly stated that there will be a touch-free entry at the JEE (Main) Examination Center.
Steps taken by the National Testing Agency to safely conduct NEET and JEE in September include increasing the number of exam centers, alternative seating plans, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit.
These steps have been initiated to ensure adherence to social removal norms at centers in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, even as the chorus grew to postpone critical examinations.
The NTA has also written to the state governments to increase support in the local movement of candidates so that they can reach their examination centers on time.