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

13:57 pm: 

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

12:00 pm: 

11:27 am: NEET UG 2020: Dress Code to be followed by candidates on exam day; read guidelines here

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.

10:10 am: Like JEE, NEET aspirants will also follow COVID guidelines, says education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

9:41 am: 

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

8:38 am: From masks to slippers to hand sanitisers; complete list of things that candidates should carry during NEET exams

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