JEE Main 2020: Aspirants worry about reaching exam centres amid floods

JEE Main 2020: Aspirants worry about reaching exam centres amid floods The National Testing Agency issued the JEE Main 2020 admit card on August 17 (Source: Shutterstock)
R. Radhika | Aug 20, 2020 - 4:42 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Just ten days ahead of the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Main, students are worrying about reaching exam centres amid massive floods and absence of public transport.

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Adding to the woes of JEE Main aspirants is the immense distance they are required to cover to appear for the entrance exam amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Testing Agency issued the JEE Main admit card on August 17.

With incessant rains, states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Andhra Pradesh are experiencing heavy floods or flood-like conditions.

The situation in Bihar seems to be the grimmest, where more than 80 lakh people are affected by the floods, the Hindustan Times reported. Many students from the state expressed their despair on social media about commuting over 400 kms to reach the exam centre. There are seven exam centres in Bihar.

Due to a spurt in coronavirus cases, Bihar has also extended the state-wide lockdown till September 6. The exam will be conducted from September 1 to 6 in computer-based mode.

‘Village submerged in water’

Anxious about appearing for the exam amid floods, a JEE aspirant asked “ I’m from Bihar. Our village is still submerged in water. My exam centre for JEE is 200 km away. How we will reach [the exam centre]?

Another student expressed his anger about travelling 480 kms when railways and inter-state buses are not plying.

A student living in a flood-affected area took a jab at the authorities and asked for a boat to be sent to her to cross the flood.

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking postponement of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and JEE Main 2020.

No public transport

As per the guidelines issued by the ministry of home affairs, public transport has also been off the roads. Without personal vehicles, students living in containment zones are also worried about reaching the exam centres.

Discouraged by the long travel, students are also deciding to drop this year’s examination.

This year, as many as 8,58,273 students have applied for JEE Mains. Candidates who are COVID-19 positive will also be allowed to take the JEE Main exam in isolation rooms, the Times of India reported.

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