The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2020 will begin today in the backdrop of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak. The National Testing Agency or NTA will conduct 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 COVID-19 pandemic situation.
It is to be noted that the Supreme Court had on August 17 dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations
The JEE Main exam will be conducted in a Computer Based Test (CBT) mode at 605 centres for BTech/BE and 489 centres for BArch and B Planning.
Guidelines for JEE 2020 Exam candidates
- In view of the coronavirus pandemic, NTA has added precautionary measures for the candidates to follow, which includes a self-declaration form attached to JEE Main admit card. Candidates appearing for the exam will have to sign the declaration and submit on the day of the exam.
The JEE Main undertaking includes various fields like travel information of the candidate, any flu-like symptoms (cough, breathlessness, fever, etc) they have and any close contacts with COVID-19 positive patients during the last 14 days.
- On the day of the exam, the candidate has to bring the undertaking given on the admit card at page-1 (duly filled in, except his/her signature which he/she will be required to do in the presence of Invigilator). This undertaking is in addition to the one filled online at the time of downloading the admit card.
Important instructions for candidates
- No Candidate would be allowed to enter the examination centre without admit card, valid ID proof and proper frisking. Frisking through Handheld Metal Detector (HHMD) will be carried out without touching the body.
- Candidates are allowed to carry only the following items with them into the examination venue:
- A coloured A4 sized printout of admit card along with self-declaration (Undertaking)
- A transparent ballpoint pen
- An additional photograph to be pasted on the attendance sheet
- Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)
- Personal transparent water bottle
- Candidates are also required to carry original and photocopy of identity proof such as PAN card, driving license, voter ID, passport, or Aadhaar card.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for JEE Main exam 2020
- All examination centres will be thoroughly sanitised ahead of the exams. The centres will be provided with masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays.
- The gap between 2 seats to be maintained as per GOI guidelines.
- Barcode readers will be available at the entry point to scan the barcode on the admit card.
- Rough sheets will be kept at all desks before the start of the exam by invigilators, who will be wearing gloves to ensure hygiene.
Free travel, accommodation for students
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and flood-like situation across the country, some Indian states have decided to provide free travel and accommodation to JEE-NEET candidates so that they won’t have to miss out on their exams due to lack of resources.
Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiyal ‘Nishank’ has appealed to the chief ministers of various states to support the students appearing for the exam.
The Madhya Pradesh government will arrange free transport for candidates appearing for JEE and NEET examinations, announced Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday.
In different tweets, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the free two-way transportation facility will be provided to students taking the exams to ensure that they do not face any problem due to coronavirus.
The Odisha government has also decided to provide free transportation and accommodation to the applicants of Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the state, said Asit Tripathy, State Chief Secretary.
As per the directions by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the students who are appearing for the examination and need transportation and accommodation will be provided with the same facilities free of cost by the state government.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has also given instructions to all District Collectors to make arrangements for transportation of candidates for JEE and NEET exams to their examination centres and bringing them back.