JEE Exam Preparation: 10 Lakh Masks & Gloves, 6,600 Litres Of Sanitiser

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JEE Exam Preparation: 10 Lakh Masks & Gloves, 6,60
A large number of Indian students, who dream of becoming doctors and engineers, will have to take NEET- JEE exams this year amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has estimated an additional cost of Rs 13 crore in conducting tests, which include 10 lakh masks, 10 lakh pairs of gloves, 1,300 thermometer guns, 6,600 liters of hand sanitizer and disinfectant liquid, 3,300 spray bottles and 3,300 cleaning staff for the examination centers. 

The Central Government, the Ministry of Education and the NTA have completed their preparations. From September 1, lakhs of students will be seen at the examination Centers.

The JEE and NEET exam is the first national-level examination amid the pandemic, which many state governments are demanding to postpone. A petition was also filed in the Supreme Court to postpone the examination, but relief was neither received from the Central Government nor from the SC.

The JEE Main exam will start from September 1 and continue till September 6. This will be done at 660 examination centres across the country and during this time 8.58 lakh students will reach different examination centres in the country. About 1.14 lakh invigilators will supervise the JEE (Main) examination. Before the pandemic, 570 examination centres were created for the exam but the number of centres has been increased to maintain physical distancing.

Earlier, two invigilators were assigned for 30 students, but now they will be posted for 15 students.

The three-hour examination will be conducted every day in two shifts. For the sanitisation of the examination centres, a little change has also been made in the exam timings.

The first shift will be held from 9 am to noon instead of 9.30 am to 12.30 pm while the second shift will start at 3 pm instead of 2 pm. According to the NTA, the cost of COVID-19 related precautions will cost the NTA an additional expenditure of Rs 150 per candidate. Earlier, in the pre-COVID period, the expenditure per student was estimated at Rs 400.

A standard operating procedure (SOP) has also been developed by Tata Consultancy Services in association with AIIMS and Public Health Foundation of India in order to conduct the examination. This includes touch-free entry in the examination centres, sanitation before entry, touch-free ID verification, verification of the Aarogya Setu mobile application, and physical distancing.

After JEE (Main) examination, NEET will be conducted on September 13 in which lakhs of students will reach the examination centres. However, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, all the states of the country are facing floods. To save lives, the administration is appealing to people to stay in their homes, then how will the children of such homes reach the examination centres, remains a difficult question.

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