The Joint Entrance Examination-Main or JEE for admission to IITS begins today across the country amid a surge in coronavirus cases and opposition by several non-BJP ruled states. An extensive list of guidelines was released last week by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is in-charge of conducting competitive entrance tests across the country.
Mandatory face masks and gloves, staggered entry and seating to ensure social distancing are some of the guidelines students have been asked to follow. They will also have to carry their own water bottles and hand sanitisers.
The JEE is scheduled to be held between September 1 and September 6. The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) - entrance exam for medical courses- will be held on September 13.
As of 6 PM Monday over 12.75 lakh students had downloaded admit cards for NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam). A further 7.78 lakh students had downloaded the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) admit cards.
Here are the updates as crucial JEE-Main begins:
The Joint Entrance Exam, JEE Main, for admission in IITs today began amid stringent precautions and social distancing measures in view of COVID-19 pandemic. The Bombay High Court refused to admit a petition against the conduct of the exams
I have talked to @PiyushGoyal for starting local trains so students appearing for JEE Main exam don't have any difficulty in going to exam centres.He has instructed accordingly.Bihar govt has also arranged buses for students.#JEEMains2020- Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) September 1, 2020
Services by cab aggregators - Ola and Uber - have been affected in some parts of Delhi as they demand a fare hike and moratorium of loan payments. This is likely to affect students appearing for JEE today and their parents.
Lucknow: Candidates underwent temperature check at Subash Chandra Bose Institute of Higher Education in Prabandh Nagar, Muburakpur that has been designated as an exam centre for #JEEMain.- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 1, 2020
Candidates were given fresh masks & gloves before entering the centre.
(Earlier visuals ) pic.twitter.com/qgOd7VsjG4
"I want to send across my best wishes to all the students as JEE begins. I have appealed to all the states to offer all the help to students, ensure SOPs are followed. I also appeal to all the students to stick to guidelines. Please call up at helplines if you follow any difficulties," Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal is heard saying in a video he posted last night on Twitter.
मैं नीट तथा जेईई परीक्षा में प्रविष्ट होने वाले सभी अभ्यर्थियों एवं उनके अभिभावकों से अपील करता हूं कि वे भारत सरकार द्वारा जारी किए गए स्वास्थ्य दिशानिर्देशों का पालन करते हुए परीक्षा केंद्रों पर उपस्थित हों। pic.twitter.com/wwECqtYQAp- Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) August 31, 2020
📣 Supporting students appearing for NEET & JEE exams, Railways has permitted them, and their guardians to travel by special suburban services in Mumbai on exam days.- Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 31, 2020
General passengers are requested not to commute. pic.twitter.com/bmfTZOnvnY