The National Testing Agency (NTA) has conducted the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) (Mains) for admission in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and other technical schools. The attendance concluded 75 per cent to 80 per cent of 8.58 lakh of the candidates. As per the sources, the NTA is compiling the data of the total attendance of the students. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) for admission in medical will be conducted 13th Of September. After rejecting the review petition of the opposition parties for the postponement of the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) or JEE (Mains) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or NEET (UG); the advocate, Alok Srivastava wrote a letter to the Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal for increasing the number of attempts for JEE Advanced as many underprivileged students are devoid of education in the pandemic due to the unavailability of smartphones.
Currently, a candidate can attempt twice in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced. As per the letter, the present structure discriminates the underprivileged candidates. The poor children from rural areas cannot afford the hefty fees of the coaching institutes. They are devoid of the qualitative education and it makes it difficult for the students to pass the examination without the help of any training institutes. During the pandemic, many parents are not being able to pay the fees of the coaching institutes due to unemployment. The recession has created widespread unemployment in the nation and many families are suffering from low wages. Unemployment has led to the dropouts of many underprivileged children in the nation.
The candidates securing 2lakh to 2.5 lakhs in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Mains) are eligible for the appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced. There are several attempts for the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains), a candidate can appear twice in January and April. If a candidate appears for the board examination of 12th Grade in 2019, then the respective candidate can appear for Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) in 2020 and 2021. Also, if a candidate appears for the 12th Examination in 2019, the candidate can appear for the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) in 2020 and 2021. Thus, a candidate can appear for the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) over a period of three consecutive years.
However, a candidate who has secured a top rank in the third attempt for Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) is not permitted to appear in Joint Entrance Exam Advanced. This arrangement discriminates the poor children as they cannot afford good institutes of India. It has been requested in the letter to increase the number of attempts in Joint Entrance Exam Advanced. This will help the poor students and provide them with a fair opportunity. For many students, the second attempt is the first and the last attempt in Joint Entrance Exam Advanced.
As per the report, the students said that the first shift of the exam was moderate and the second shift of the examination was difficult. Physics was considered difficult in both of the shifts. There was an issue in examining COVID-19 or coronavirus. The National Testing Agency (NTA) examined with precautionary measures. About 99.07% of the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) aspirants had been offered their preferred centres. It has been estimated that about 99.87% of the aspirants of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) had been offered the same. Despite ongoing protests, the Supreme Court (SC) decided not to postpone the entrance examination as it would hamper the career of the students.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) examined in a safe and secured manner. The public transportation facility was available for the students. The National Testing Agency (NTA) increased the number of examination centre from 570 to 660 along with the increment of the number of centres from 2546 to 3843. It has reported that more than 99% of the candidates have been allotted their preferred choices of centres. The examination time was at 9 am but the reporting time was 7 am as the students had to go through several procedures of checkups for COVID-19. Separate time had been allotted for the arrival of the students to prevent overcrowding. The students and their parents had to maintain the norms of social distancing. There was no physical frisking; metal detectors were used to check the students. The students were provided with the fresh masks at the centre to avoid the chances of UFM. The students had to remove the mask that they had worn from their houses and they had to wear the fresh masks instead. The staffs were taking care of the sanitization. The students used the sanitize station to sanitizing themselves. The thermal scanner body temperature was used to check the body temperature of the students. If the scanner showed the temperature above the prescribed limit, the student had to put in the isolation rooms. There was no biometric attendance. The invigilators carried orange tabs, took the picture and scanned the hall tickets from a distance using a barcode reader. The workstation of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Mains) had to sanitize before and after the examination.
The students had mixed reactions. Many complained about the transportation facilities. The government has requested the state governments to help the students with the transportation facilities. Several states have helped the students reach the centre on time in a safely and securely.