The government of India has revised the SOP and exam day guidelines ahead of NEET 2020. According to the new changes, any student who is found symptomatic of coronavirus infection shall be referred to the nearest health care centre immediately. After that, proper arrangements shall be made for the students, only if he/she is in the position of writing the exam. Otherwise, the educational institutions will make such arrangements for the candidate that they can appear for the exam; they are declared medically fit.
Earlier, the SOP said that the symptomatic student must be isolated and then allowed to write the examination. “However, if a student is detected symptomatic, the permission or denial thereof, in such cases shall be granted as per the policy already enunciated on the issue by the Examination Conducting Authorities,” the revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) said.
Special Provisions for Containment Zones
The revised SOP mentioned that the examination centres in the containment zones would not be allowed to function. For pen and paper or offline mode exams, the SOP outlines that the invigilator will have to sanitize his or her hands properly before the distribution of question papers or answer sheets, and the candidates will also sanitize their hands before receiving or handing back these materials.
“Use of spit/saliva for counting and distributing sheets shall not be allowed,” the SOP outlines clearly. Moreover, the host institutions must have an adequately sanitized isolation room for the candidates in case the situation becomes dire.
Self-Declaration/Undertaking Mandatory for the Conduction of Examination
Not only the candidates, but the host institutions will also have to submit a self-declaration stating that the staff present for the conduction of examination is asymptomatic of the virus. Furthermore, the institution holds the right to debar a candidate from the examination if he/she doesn’t provide the undertaking.
The self-declaration shall be made available to the students, along with the admit cards of the respective examination. Candidates must fill the self-declaration and get it signed by their parents or guardians before entering the examination hall.