The National Testing Agency vide press release dated 25.08.2020 informed that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) (hereinafter referred as NEET UG) and Joint Entrance Examination (herein referred as JEE) (Main) exams will be held on the dates as announced earlier.

The press release referred to the Supreme Court’s judgement on the same issue wherein the Apex Court held that there was no reason to postpone the said exams any further and that the NEET UG-2020 as well as JEE (Main) April, 2020 exams should be held as per schedule.

The National Testing Agency further informed about releasing admit cards of JEE Main Examination and has subsequently ensured 99 per cent of students to be getting their first choice of Centre Cities in both the examinations.

Admit Cards for NEET (UG) 2020 shall also be released shortly.

As per the press release, the number of examination centres have also been increased from 570 to 660 (in case of JEE Main) and 2546 to 3843 (in case of NEET (UG) 2020). Additionally, in case of JEE (Main), the number of shifts has been increased from the earlier 8 to 12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from earlier 1.32 lakh to 85000.

Altogether, 8.58 lakh and 15.97 lakh candidates have been registered for JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) 2020 respectively.

The National Testing Agency vide the press release also stated about reducing the number of candidates per room from 24 to 12, in order to ensure proper social distancing. Furthermore, “for ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates has been staggered. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing, while waiting. Candidates have also been issued advisory guiding them about “Do’s and Don’ts” for proper social distancing”, informed the NTA.

The National Testing Agency also apprised about writing to the State Governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time.

The National Testing Agency has assured all candidates a safe environment for tests and solicits cooperation from the candidates and their parents in following the standard operating procedures.

ORDER:National Testing Agency