NEET 2020: NTA conducts exam across country amid coronavirus crisis | As it happened
New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) today despite several objections that were raised because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Around 16 lakh students are expected to appear for the exams that will be conducted in more than 3,500 exam centers.
Several objections were raised over the NTA’s decision to hold the exams amidst the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Supreme Court last month had directed the NTA to conduct the exams, saying "life cannot be stopped and the career of students cannot be put in jeopardy".
Following the direction from the apex court, the NTA had released the guidelines for JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the highlights of the day:
17:00 pm: The NEET 2020 UG exam is over now.
15:07 pm: Unlike the engineering entrance (JEE), NEET-UG, the medical admission test, is a pen and paper exam and held once a year
14:36 pm: Students were allotted different slots for entry to ensure there is staggered movement and social distancing is maintained
14:00 pm: NEET UG 2020 exam begins across India
Bihar: Candidates arrived at an exam centre in Patna to write National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.— ANI (@ANI) September 13, 2020
A candidate said, "Some of us who've higher temperature are being asked to wait for some time as it can be due to hot weather. We're drinking water & trying to relax." #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/p6sVA7AxOy
13:50 pm: The exam will begin shortly
13:30 pm: The NTA has said that the candidates will also be required to carry their personal hand sanitizer, water in a transparent bottle, mask and glove
12:22 pm: According to NTA, more than 16 lakh candidates will appear for the NEET UG 2020 exam today
तमिलनाडु: आज देशभर में नेशनल टेस्टिंग एजेंसी(NTA) द्वारा आयोजित होने वाली NEET की परीक्षा देने के लिए मदुरै में केंद्रीय विद्यालय, नरिमेडु परीक्षा केंद्र पर छात्र आने शुरू हो गए हैं। pic.twitter.com/B3cdM9WIX0— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) September 13, 2020
10:54 am: "My best wishes to the students appearing for NEET exam and my sympathies to those who couldn’t take it due to the Covid pandemic and floods. Wish Modi ji was as concerned about JEE-NEET aspirants and students as he is about his crony capitalist friends," Rahul Gandhi tweeted
10:40 am: Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has also wished the students ahead of the NEET UG 2020 exam. He, however, has also taken a dig at the Modi government, saying he is concerned about the aspirants.
Chennai: Candidates begin arriving at examination centres to write NEET exam (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test); visuals from Vidya Mandir in Mylapore.— ANI (@ANI) September 13, 2020
A candidate says,“NEET is just an exam.There's nothing to fear about. If not cleared this time,we can reappear next year" pic.twitter.com/IpFRKR4Wc8
9:15 am: "For ensuring social distancing outside examination halls, a staggered entry and exit of candidates has been planned. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing while waiting," an NTA official had said earlier
8:50 am: Following the directions from the Supreme Court, the NTA said that all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the students amid the coronavirus pandemic
8:02 am: "Life cannot be stopped and the career of students cannot be put in jeopardy," the top court had observed
7:55 am: The Supreme Court had said that the NEET 2020 exams could be held with "strict restrictions on contact and social distancing"
7:41 am: The exams will be conducted amid the ongoing coronavirus after the Supreme Court gave its nod to the NTA
7:27 am: The NEET 2020 exams will be conducted by the NTA today
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma