The National Testing Agency (NTA) made another last-minute adjustment, alerting students about the possible change in exam centres just before the exams. The NEET exams are scheduled for Sunday, Sept 13 after the apex court refused to intervene and rejected the postponement of the examination due to the Corona pandemic on Sept 9.
The latest NTA notification says. “There is no change in the Centre Cities of the candidates; only Centres have been changed. The concerned candidates have already been informed by NTA through SMS and email. They are also being informed telephonically. Such candidates are advised to download their latest admit card available on NEET website (https://ntaneet.nic.in) and report as per the details given in latest Admit Card at the new Examination Centre for NEET (UG) – 2020 Examination on 13 September 2020. Candidates are also advised to acquaint themselves with the location of the new Examination Centre allotted now, so that they do not face any difficulty in reaching the newly allotted Examination Centre.”
According to the NTA, over 15 Lakh students are appearing for the medical test. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the largest exam for admission to undergraduate medicine and other programmes, will be held tomorrow, September 13 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Number of students appearing for NEET exam: 15,97,433
Number of Centres: 3,842
Maharashtra – 2,28,914
Uttar Pradesh – 1,66,582
Karnataka – 1,19,587
Tamil Nadu – 1,17,990
Kerala – 1,15,959.
Delhi – 53,993
These six states together account for over 8.57 lakh candidates, more than half the total.
The sudden changes in the norms will certainly add to the stress that the students are already facing. There have been cases of aspirants committing suicide like 19-year old Jyothi Sri Durga from Madurai who left a suicide note saying, “I am sorry. I am tired” on Saturday.
Witnessing the hardships that the students will face while traveling for the exams, many states have introduced special trains or travel facilities for the NEET aspirants.
West Bengal will cancel the lockdown for the easy communication of students to the NEET exam centres. The Metro Railway in Kolkata will run special services on September 13 for the exam-takers. Similarly, Punjab Government too has removed the weekend curfew to assist NEET 2020 aspirants to reach their exam centres on the day of the exam.
The Jharkhand Government has resumed public transport till September 30 in view of the NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 exams. While the Central Eastern Railway in Bihar has decided to run 20 special trains for the convenience of the NEET examinees appearing in Bihar.
On the other hand, the Odisha Government has announced free transportation and accommodation for NEET 2020 exam candidates.
For Mumbai, the Railways will start special train services for transportation of NEET candidates and their parents. The Western Railway will run several additional special suburban services in addition to the already running.