JEE begins today: Here’s how it will be conducted  

Thermal screening at entry points, use of masks, gloves and hand sanitisers must for candidates

JEE was held between September 1 and 6 amid strict COVID protocol across the country. Photo: ANI/Twitter

The JEE (Main) for admission into engineering courses, scheduled between September 1 and 6, is beginning on Tuesday, notwithstanding protests from students, parents and academics to stall it in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, the Supreme Court had turned down a plea by 11 students from as many states to reschedule the exam.

After pressure from political parties to defer the examinations, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had said last week that the exams (JEE and NEET) are being held due to pressure from students and parents. The National Testing Agency, the nodal body for the conduct of the exams had released a list of guidelines for the exams last week. The SOP mandates wearing of masks and gloves and carrying own supply of hand sanitiser and a water bottle for students.

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The NTA had assured that it has increased the number of exam centres and a maximum number of students will get their preferred exam centre.

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While the entry to the exam centre will be staggered and students will have to undergo thermal screening at the entrance, those showing high body temperature will be allotted ‘isolation rooms’.

Students were seen adhering to protocol and getting their temperature checked before entering the exam halls on Tuesday (September 1) morning.

While 7.78 lakh students have downloaded their admit card for JEE, according to reports by Monday (August 31), nearly 12.75 lakh students had downloaded the same for NEET (scheduled for September 13). While 8.58 have registered for JEE, 16 lakh have signed up for NEET.

Several states have lifted their weekend lockdowns to enable a smooth conduct of the exams, while those like Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are providing transportation to students to and from the exam centres.

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