Candidates appearing for JEE (Main) examination in West Bengal had a difficult time reaching their test centres on Tuesday morning owing to heavy rain and lack of transport.
The government had asked all state transport utilities to commence bus services from 5 am in view of the exam, but several candidates in North 24 Parganas, Berhampur, Malda and Siliguri claimed that they had to wait for hours, braving downpour, to get a bus to reach their test centres. Suspension of local train services due to the COVID-19 pandemic added to the woes of the candidates.
The Bengal government had earlier opposed the Centre’s decision to conduct JEE(Main) and NEET exams, contending that students would be exposed to health hazards amid the pandemic.
However, state education minister Partha Chatterjee had on Monday said that he would no longer comment on the matter as the Centre has entrusted the NTA to take necessary measures for the safety of the students.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), for admission to medical and dental colleges, is scheduled to be held later this month.