Attribute it to Covid-19 fear or transportation issue, Jharkhand recorded mere 37% attendance in the examinations for National Defense Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy, which have been conducted at 47 centres in capital Ranchi with Covid precautions.
As many as 20,680 examinees from across Jharkhand were supposed to take the examinations in Ranchi centres. “The examinations held in two sittings. The first sitting recorded 37% attendance,” said Moinuddin Khan, secretary to South Chotangpur commissioner.
He said, “Attendance remains around 50% in UPSC conducted examinations on normal days in Jharkhand.”
Ranchi sub-divisional officer (SDO) Lokesh Mishra, who visited the examination centres at the side of the Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) Chhavi Ranjan, said, “We found attendance ratio between 35% and 40% in each centre we visited. Covid fear or transportation could be an issue at the back of the low attendance but we need to inspect it before saying anything.”
Alternatively, many officials said JEE-Main exams may be a reason for low attendance, as the JEE-Main examinations concluded on Sunday across nine centres of Jharkhand.
The NDA examinations held in two sittings. The first sitting saw the paper of mathematics from 10am to 12.30pm, while the examinees took the paper of general ability in the second one sitting from 2pm to 4.30pm.
The students, who out of the examination halls, said that they papers were moderate neither easy nor hard.
Ayush Yadav, 18, from Ranchi’s Bariatu area, said, “Questions related to trigonometry and calculus were little hard. Rest questions were moderate.” Yadav, who took his examination at Manan Vidyalaya centre, said there were 120 questions in mathematics.
Another student Priyanshu Singh, who came from Jamshedpur, said, “The arrangements were good in view of Covid pandemic. I used to be scared to begin with thinking approximately the precautions at centre. But, it was once good.”
Singh reached the centre by his personal vehicle. “Those who should not have personal vehicles faced problem to succeed in examination centres, as there is scarcity of public vehicles on Road.”
The NDA examinations passed off peacefully, which held with all Covid-19 precautions amid the pandemic. In all Ranchi centres, examinees were being aware of social distancing. Circles were also marked at several centres for maintaining social distance.
The examinees also underwent thermal scanning and made to wear masks before entering the examination halls. Only one student was once allowed in one bench.
Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) also inspected the preparations and precautions at the centre. He also appealed the parents and guardians to follow the Covid protocol and care for social distance while picking up their children.