JEE Main, NEET exam guidelines ready, smaller exams home-based: NTA DG

JEE Main, NEET exam guidelines ready, smaller exams home-based: NTA DG Source: Careers360 Live session on Youtube
Team Careers360 | May 16, 2020 - 6:10 p.m. IST
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New Delhi: In a live session with Careers360, the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA), Vineet Joshi specified the exam day guidelines for JEE Main and NEET. He also indicated that NTA is looking at the possibility of making smaller exams home -based and proctored so that the problems of travel and COVID risks are held at bay. If this is successful, then the system will be looked at for the other exams too. However, Joshi clarified that JEE Main and NEET will not be under this.

Elaborating on the exam guidelines to be followed at the exam centres for JEE Main and NEET, he said that parents will be discouraged to accompany their children to the exam centres unless it is essential in terms of distance or if the child has special needs. Barricading with ropes and such may be in place to ensure that students don’t crowd the gates and put each other at risk. The entry will also be a phased one such that the area near the gates will be clear. Proper social distancing norms will be followed before and during as well as after the exam.

NTA has been looking at extra rooms and centres and has been talking to a lot of schools and institutions so that JEE Main and NEET aspirants will not suffer and will be safe on account of social distancing norms that will be in place. NTA will also try to ensure that students will get their first choice of exam centre.

Students whose photographs and documents have been a problem for many. The DG has specified that students will be asked to carry a photograph with them so that they are allowed to appear for the exam. “No student will be turned away because of these problems”, he said.

He also mentioned that the admit cards for JEE Main and NEET will be available around 21 days prior to the exam.

Talking of NEET results, he said that NTA will try to declare them within 15 to 20 days from the exam date which is July 26 for now. He felt that JEE Main would not have the same problems and the results will be declared soon after the exam.

Speaking on the possibility of NEET being online in the coming years, Vineet Joshi specified that a conversation was being held with MoHFW and it is being looked at. He elaborated that the proposal would need the approval of all the stake holders involved and hoped that it would be a reality in the future.

Assuring an NRI student who was apprehensive of not being able to come for the exam on account of the travel restrictions, the NTA DG gave his assurance that NTA may look at other possibilities to facilitate the exam for such candidates.

He categorically denied reports that JEE Main and JEE Advanced may be merged this year.

Talking of coaching and the need to do away with it, he explained that NTA was monitoring the psychometric levels of students so that the exams become the means to test their levels of understanding of concepts and subjects rather than rote learning.

He praised the students for bravely dealing with the adverse conditions on account of COVID and hoped that they all do well in their respective entrance exams.

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