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JEE Main exam and NEET to go ahead as per schedule: National Testing Agency

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New Delhi, Aug 21: The National Testing Agency on Friday confirmed that the JEE (Main) exam will be be held from September 1-6 and NEET (UG) on September 13.

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So far 63,932, JEE Main candidates have requested change of centre cities due to COVID impact while 95,000 NEET candidates have requested the same.

"The NTA is happy to share with the JEE (Main) 2020 candidates that it has been able to offer the first choice of preference of centre cities to 99.07 per cent of the candidates," it said.

The statement said that "142 candidates have, subsequently requested for a change in their allotted centre city due to various reasons, and the NTA is considering these requests positively." It said as far as, "NEET (UG)-2020 is concerned, again for the first time, candidates of this examination were given opportunity five times to change their choice of centre city".

A total of 95,000 candidates availed the same and they have been accommodated against their revised choices, the NTA said in the statement. Ministry officials asserted that the JEE (Main) and the NEET exams will be conducted in September as scheduled.

NEET, JEE Main exams will not be postponed, confirms Centre

There have been demands from several students and parents to further postpone the entrance exams in view of increasing coronavirus cases.

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, which are scheduled to be conducted in September, amid spurt in number of COVID-19 cases, saying precious year of students "cannot be wasted" and life has to go on.

The NTA said it has made elaborate arrangements to sanitise centres before and after the examinations, and give fresh masks and hand gloves. "The NTA has also prepared a comprehensive advisory regarding COVID-19 for all functionaries for centre management," the testing agency said.

In order to solicit support of states for maintaining law and order, power supply, facilitation of movement of candidates and exam functionaries, crowd management in front of exam centres, "we have also written to the state chief secretaries, DGPs, and DMs/ SPs of the concerned cities", the NTA said.

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