Ritu Tripathi|Oct 21, 2021
JEE Main 2020 Day 2; Students recount strict following of COVID 19 guidelines
NEW DELHI- The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the JEE Main 2020 exam on day 2 by strictly following the standard operating procedures at most of the test centres. For many students appearing in JEE-Mains in Delhi, the day began with exam anxiety and apprehension about contracting COVID-19 infection but special arrangements made at centres to combat the virus allayed their fears, and they were finally relieved that they would not have to lose an academic year because of the pandemic.
Social distancing norms followed at JEE Main 2020 test centres
The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Mains for admission to engineering colleges began on Tuesday amid stringent precautions and social distancing measures in view of the pandemic despite calls from some quarters for postponement of the crucial exam which had already been deferred twice. Nikhil Kumar, who travelled from Uttam Nagar to his centre in Vivek Vihar, said that the exam was held smoothly. "Proper social distancing was ensured by the staff inside the premises. The exam went okay. I prepared for the entrance through online classes. I am relieved that the exam is finally over despite so many delays," he said.
Vishal Gupta, a resident of Bhikaji Kama Place, said that he reached the centre by cab. "The exam was held from 9.30 am to 12 noon. There were around 50 students sitting in the room where my exam was scheduled. Social distancing norms were strictly followed by school staff. I didn't face any difficulty in reaching the centre," Gupta said. Many students claimed that COVID SOPs were followed properly.
Bhushan Gaur (17), who came to Vivek Vihar from Khanpur, said that though he had fears of coming in contact with the virus but was relieved that all went well. "My JEE exam will be held from 2.30 pm. Initially I was fearing that I may come in contact with the virus but when I reached the centre I gained confidence. I have done my preparations and I am relieved it will be over. Waiting another year would have been problematic.
Sanitisers were provided to the candidates at JEE Main test centres
Vishal Yadav, a resident of Jagatpuri in Shahdara, said that social distancing was the main concern on his mind. "The school staff gave us sanitiser thrice. When we entered the school, they gave us a mask also and asked the students to remove the old one. Inside the centre, we were sitting on alternate chairs," Yadav said. Scenes outside exam centres across the country reflected the "new normal" amid the pandemic. There was staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitiser at the gates, distribution of masks, and students queuing up with safe social distance among them.
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