The apex court of justice in India, last week, ruled out the decision to conduct NEET and JEE Main for the current academic year on the scheduled date. Amidst the ever-increasing cases of COVID-19 and the full-fledged protest campaigns of students for the postponement of the examination, the decision is somewhat hard to digest. The Supreme Court said that it didn’t find “any justification in the prayers” for postponing the exam. Moreover, the “precious” year of the students must not go in drains.
What are the Precautions?
Keeping in mind the current scenario, NTA has developed specific precautionary guidelines to be adopted for the successful conduction of the examination. The major guidelines include the following points.
- Changes in seating arrangement
- Sanitization of examination centres
- Increasing the number of shifts per day
- Reducing the capacity of the student intake in each room
- Increasing the number of examination venues
- Staggering movement of entry and exit
- No gatherings around the venue.
In addition to the above protocols laid down for the host parties, there will be an extensive exam-related advisory for the students to follow. In case a student doesn’t comply with the guidelines, his/her candidature can be cancelled. All the instructions will be mentioned in the admit card itself.
Important Dates for the Candidates to Keep in Mind
|Important Event||Corresponding Dates|
|NEET 2020 Exam Date||September 13, 2020|
|JEE Mains 2020 Exam Date||September 1, 2020 to September 6, 2020|
According to the latest statistical report released by NTA, approximately 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains, 15.97 lakh students have registered for NEET. To examine with this huge majority of the candidates will be a challenging task for NTA.
The constant appeal for the postponement of the national level examinations of the Joint Entrance and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test by the candidates and their parents seems to be gone in vain. The movement is also being supported by the chief ministers of West Bengal, Odisha, and Rahul Gandhi. The listed grievances include the probable jeopardization of the health of candidates in the face of the pandemic. The campaign is in full force on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has ruled out its decision, and there seems to be no other option than to abide by it. Candidates must take every precautionary measure they can to avoid getting infected and visit the official website regularly for timely updates.