JEE Mains 2020: The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains 2020 for admissions to BTech/BE programmes began on Wednesday, with full precautionary measures being taken in view of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The examination today is being held by the National Testing Agency (NTA) at 605 centres across India.
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The first shift of the exam started at 9:30 am, while the second one shift will begin at 2:30 pm. Around 9 lakh candidates have registered for the JEE Mains 2020 examinations, which will be conducted till September 6, 2020. JEE Mains examination is conducted for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).
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Here’s what students across the country said after appearing in the engineering entrance test on Wednesday:
In Lucknow, candidates who appeared in JEE Main exam on Wednesday found the difficulty level of the paper between moderate and high. Candidates were happy with the social distancing protocol maintained within the examination centres.
Rajan Singh, a student of Army Public School, SP Marg said JEE main exam difficulty level was once between moderate and high. A few questions were tricky. The only inconvenience he experienced was once the computer got shut down once, following which he missing approximately a good five minutes.
“Before the exam, I used to be concerned approximately my safety. At the centre, I found Social distancing was once properly maintained. All of the candidates were made to sit down at a distance from each and every other. Students and invigilators were wearing mask and the centre was once moderately clean,” he said.
Another candidate, Aman Kumar said the paper was once moderate. Six physics questions were tricky. He was once pleased with the social distancing protocol followed at the examination centre.
Over 120 students appeared in JEE main exam for engineering at Chandigarh’s JEE center in Industrial Area phase 1. Students coming out of the center wore a relieved look, glad that the exams were over. Chirag Bhatia of Chandigarh said he was once ready to nail the inorganic chemistry a part of the exam. “The delay in conducting the exam worked in my favour as I got additional time to revise the syllabus and was once ready to read more reference books. Other students also said that chemistry was once easy but physics was once hard as per Avneet Kaur of Mohali.
Tanish Kohli of Chandigarh discussed how the pattern papers of the NTA were tougher than the exam on Wednesday, but Harsh Nagar from Chandigarh said his January attempt had gone much better as he was once convinced that the JEE exams were going to receive cancelled.
Most students said that the protocols to handle social distancing and hygiene were followed meticulously. Even parents were impressed with the arrangements. SP Singh, a Chandigarh based banker whose son had come to give the exam said that the organisers had done a professional job and were not letting any one form out of doors in the centre.
Engineering aspirants appeared for the JEE Mains examination on Wednesday across 16 centres in Haryana’s nine cities. The students reached the examination centre almost an hour before the graduation of the exam.
Jatin Suthar, a resident of Hisar’s Dobhi village, who is enrolled in the state government’s super-100 programme, told HT that the social distancing protocol was once implemented exceptionally mannered.
“The candidates appeared in the examination room with a distance of 2 metres between each and every of them. The administration given face masks to all students. I have attempted my examination without any Covid-19 fear. I wish to thank my teachers and my circle of relatives for supporting me in this hard time. I had cleared January’s JEE mains exam also but now I hope to safe better marks than that one,” he added.
Sumit Kumar, a resident of Rawalwas in Hisar said he along side his father reached the exam centre at Ladwa in Hisar, at around 7.45am on their motorcycle.
“I wish to thank the school administration, the government for making good preparations for us at the exam centre. I am self-assured enough to crack this exam. The government has saved our one year by conducting this exam. I urge the other JEE and NEET aspirants not to panic approximately preparation at the examination center because the exams are conducted adhering to safety guidelines,” he added.
The number of centres for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in Haryana stands at 16 this time as against 15 final time. A complete of 24,763 have registered for JEE Mains in September as against 22,350 candidates who took the exam in January.
Majority of JEE aspirants who took exam on Wednesday shared that Physics questions were difficult while mathematics questions were of moderate difficulty level.
Students shared that exam centres strictly followed Covid-19 norms including thermal screening, social distancing and alternate seating arrangements. Several students complained that wearing mask for long-hours is difficult for them.
Akash Gupta, a JEE aspirant who took exam at Patliputra centre, said, “Overall exam was once good. I found Physics the most difficult. Mathematics and Chemistry parts were easy.”
He said, “I used to be content with arrangements. Blocks were made on floor to handle social distancing. Thermal screening was once done followed by hand sanitisation. A fresh three-ply mask was once given before entrance. Within exam corridor, alternate seating arrangement was once made.”
Another aspirant Divya Rani, who took exam at Kankarbagh Centre, said, “Physics questions were lengthy and time consuming. Mathematics questions were comparatively easier. I found chemistry the perfect as some questions were directly asked from NCERT book.”
She said, “Exam centres were strictly following precautionary measures but wearing mask for straight 3-4 hours caused suffocation and sweating.”
Ayush Divang, who took exam in Gaya, said, “This was once my second attempt. Physics questions were tough to solve among all sections. Mathematics was once moderate. Some chemistry questions were based on theory. Overall, my exam was once good.”
He also said that he was once happy with precautionary measure followed by exam centre. He said, “My exam corridor was once located at the third floor. Security personnel wearing face shield were standing on staircase to monitor candidates and prevent gathering.”
(With inputs from Rajeev Mullick in Lucknow, Sunil Rahar in Haryana, Megha in Bihar, and Rajanbir Singh in Chandigarh.)