NTA increases number of examination centres for JEE (Main), NEET-UG exams

In order to meet the social distancing requirements due to Covid19 pandemic, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has substantially increased the number of examination centres for JEE(Main) and NEET-UG exams.

The number of Examination Centers have 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 now.

8.58 lakh and 15.97 lakh candidates have been registered for JEE (Main) and NEET-UG 2020 respectively. In order to ensure proper social distancing inside the examination halls, the candidates will be seated in alternate seats in case of JEE (Main). In case of NEET-UG, the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12, now.

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 centers 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. NTA has also written to the States Governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time.