NEET News: 85-90% Students Appear for Exam Amidst Global Pandemic

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Highlights for NEET News 2020

The Union Minister of Education, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, confirmed that around 85-90% of the registered students for NEET 2020 attended the exam. Despite the global pandemic, the medical entrance exam was a success which was held on 13 September 2020.

Mumbai, Maharashtra: Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Education Minister, has announced through a tweet that NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) 2020 saw 85-90% of attendance from candidates who registered for the exam.

Despite the global pandemic, COVID-19, and the difficult circumstances, the medical entrance exam was successfully held on 13 September 2020. More than 1.5 million aspirants registered for the exam.

The Education Minister also thanked the chief ministers of all states and the Director-General of National Testing Agency (NTA), Vineet Joshi, for ensuring proper arrangements that made it easier for students to attend the exam.

The tweet by Dr. Pokhriyal read “NTA informed me that around 85-90% of students appeared in the #NEET exam today. I sincerely thank all Chief Ministers and @DG_NTA for proper arrangements made to facilitate student participation. #NEET participation reflects the tenacity and grit of young #AtmaNirbharBharat.”

In comparison to the attendance figure of JEE (Main), NTA confirmed that NEET attendance figures are higher. However, JEE (Main) is held twice every year, while NEET only once. Conducting the NEET exam is challenging as it is held on one day and the number of candidates is higher.

Keeping in mind the social distancing norms due to COVID-19, NTA increased the number of exam centers from 2,546 to 3,843. Similarly, the number of candidates per room got reduced from 24 to 12.

NEET is a pen and paper-based test which is why such elaborate measures were taken to ensure social distancing. Although, the Centre received a lot of backlash for conducting the NEET and JEE exam despite the global pandemic.

However, the Union Education Ministry remained adamant about their decision to conduct the exam. It was because not conducting the exam could lead to a zero year which would not be beneficial for students.

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