44% Students Skip JEE Main 2020 Exams In This City; Low Turnout Reported Across India
The news, social media and every debate channel, have been flooding their prime time content with the single, most coveted and highlighted topic, for quite some time now:
‘Postponement of competitive exams like JEE (Mains) and NEET, amid the coronavirus pandemic’.
However, the SC has time and again made it crystal clear that it has no plans to re-postpone the 2 most coveted competitive exams in the country, as centres shall promise to look after every safety norm.
JEE Mains 2020 will be conducted from Sept 1 to 6, 2020, while NEET is scheduled on Sept 13, 2020.
This brings us to the JEE Mains exam that was conducted for Bachelor of Architecture in Lucknow on Tuesday, Sept 1.
Reportedly, the exam centre in UP’s capital city witnessed an absenteeism rate of 44%.
Rate of Absenteeism Increased by Over 30%
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Testing Agency (NTA) refused to entertain anymore postponement of competitive exams for Bachelor’s level.
Despite assuring all the applicants that exams shall be conducted under secure centres, with every safety norm, the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) for B.Arch exam conducted in the Lucknow centre saw only 597 students appearing for the exam on Tuesday, out of 1065 applicants.
The test was held at three centres in two shifts.
The officials of the district administration informed that 1065 students from different districts of UP had enrolled for the exam, choosing Lucknow as the centre.
However, only 597 of them appeared for the same, while 469 students chose to drop out.
- 224 out of 528 students (42.4%) skipped the exam in the 1st shift, while
- 245 out of 537 students (45.6%) skipped the exam in the 2nd shift.
This was the 1st time the exam saw an absenteeism rate of over 15-20% candidates.
Students Claim that Safety Precautions were on Point!
Students appeared in the exam from different districts of the state, like Unnao, Hardoi, Rae Bareli and Barabanki.
They claimed that despite being scared of contracting the virus, they were left quite at peace looking at the safety arrangement protocols undertook at the examination centre.
One such candidate commented, “I am happy that I took the risk as all safety measures were taken at my examination centre (Lucknow).
Not just once, the candidates were sanitized at the gate and before entering the examination hall”.
The appeared candidates informed that they were made to walk through a sanitization tunnel and that their invigilators wore PPE kits.
Proper physical distance maintained between candidates, as two seats were left vacant between each one of them.