NEW DELHI: A notification has been released by the National Testing Agency (NTA) stating that JEE Main and NEET 2020 will be held by the authorities as scheduled. Thus, the entrance exam will not be delayed further as the Supreme Court rejected the plea of many students and parents seeking postponement of the exam due to COVID-19. SC has also directed the authorities to hold the exams as per the latest schedule.
JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to 6 and NEET will be held on September 13, 2020.
The notification has also given the statistics regarding the increase in the number of exam centres. According to NTA, the number of centres have increased from 570 to 660 (for JEE Main) and 2,546 to 3,842 (for NEET) to meet the social distancing requirements.
In JEE Main, the authorities have also increased the number of shifts from 8 to 12 and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85,000.
Nearly, 9.53 lakh and 15.97 lakh candidates have applied for JEE Main and NEET 2020 respectively.
State wise Distribution of JEE Main Candidates and Centres during Apr/Sep 2020 and Jan 2020
State wise Distribution of NEET Candidates and Centres during 2020 and 2019
NTA has already released the JEE Main admit card on August 17 at the official website. NEET 2020 admit card is also expected to be released soon.
The center will follow a strict ‘No touch policy’ and will make appropriate arrangements.
The NTA also requires all state governments to assist the local movement of candidates so that they can reach the test center without any hassle.