Jamshedpur, Sept. 1: Amid widespread protests and controversies, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2020 began on Tuesday, September 1 in the backdrop of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak.� Students were seen arriving at two test centers in Jamshedpur- ION Digital on Dimna Road and Al-Kabir Polytechnic in Mango. Around 900 students from Jamshedpur and Kolhan region appeared for the IIT entrance exam on first day. The exam was held in two shifts 9 AM to 12 AM and 3 PM to 6 PM.
Candidates entered examination centre while observing social distancing norms. Students were seen lined in the queue before entering the exam centre. The temperatures of candidates were checked at the entry gates.
A candidate from Sakchi, Namrata Singh said, “We have been informed that we will undergo sanitisation, thermal check & frisking before we enter the computer lab.”
The entire area around the exam seat and its surroundings was sanitized before each shift. Monitors, keyboards, icons, webcams, desks, and chairs were also sanitized.
Door handles, ladder railings, and lift buttons were also sanitized. As per government guidelines there was gap between two seats
�Hand sanitizer was kept for students and staff outside the examination center (entry point) and at many places inside.
No one was allowed to leave the exam room before the exam got over. The National Testing Agency or NTA is conducting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main from September 1-6, 2020, and for this, the Centre has finalised the standard operating procedure (SOP) to conduct the examination amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The NTA has taken appropriate measures to conduct the JEE (Main) 2020 exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
According to the agency, over 99% of candidates have been assigned their ‘first choice of center cities’.
�More than 8.5 lakh students are appearing for the exams in the country.
The JEE (Main) 2020 exams is being held at 660 centers across the country from September 1 to September 6.