NTA confirms JEE Main and NEET 2020 as scheduled; registration statistics released

NTA confirms JEE Main and NEET 2020 as scheduled; registration statistics released
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NEW DELHI: National Testing Agency (NTA) has released a notification stating that JEE Main and NEET 2020 will be conducted by the authorities as scheduled. The entrance examination will not be postponed further as the Supreme Court has also directed the authorities to hold the exams as per the latest schedule. JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to 6 and NEET will be held on September 13, 2020.

Increase in Exam Centres

The notification has also given the statistics regarding the increase in the number of exam centres. According to NTA, the number of centres have increased from 570 to 660 (for JEE Main) and 2,546 to 3,842 (for NEET). The increase in exam centres has been introduced to meet the social distancing requirements. In JEE Main, the authorities have also increased the number of shifts from 8 to 12 and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85,000.

Around 9.53 lakh and 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for JEE Main and NEET 2020 respectively.

State wise Distribution of JEE Main Candidates and Centres during Apr/Sep 2020 and Jan 2020

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State wise Distribution of NEET Candidates and Centres during 2020 and 2019

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Availability of admit cards

NTA has already released the JEE Main admit card on August 17 at the official website. Details regarding the social distancing norms to be followed and various other guidelines have been listed out in the admit card for the candidates to check. A strict ‘No touch policy’ will be followed at the centres and adequate arrangements will be made. NEET 2020 admit card is also expected to be released soon.

NTA has also appealed to all the State Governments to help in the local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres without any hassle.

Meanwhile, the opinion of students and parents’ regarding the JEE Main and NEET exam is still divided. While many wish for the exam to be postponed, others are supporting the decision for the examination to be conducted as scheduled.

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