JEE Main Day 1 roundup: Special measures taken, photos of students from different parts of India

The Joint Entrance Examination, JEE Main 2020 started off today and will continue till September 6. The exam dates were set after two postponements and the entrance exam for entrance into IITs and other premier engineering colleges finally began today after much protest from students against conducting the exams amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Supreme Court had earlier put down a petition to postpone the JEE and NEET exams again and National Testing Agency (NTA) promised to hold the exams following all the Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had also asked the chief ministers of several states to help out the students and the conducting organisations in getting through the exams smoothly. He urged students to follow the safety guidelines strictly.

Meanwhile, Bombay HC refused to put a stay on the JEE Main exams and asked flood-hit candidates to write to NTA for a re-exam.

The JEE Main 2020 Paper 2, for BArch and B Planning were held today in two sessions the first session was from 9 am to 12 pm, and the second session fom 3 pm to 6 pm.

JEE Main Paper 1 for BEE and BTech courses will be held in two sessions each day from September 2 to September 6.

After the exams ended today, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare said, “JEE Exam was conducted smoothly all over the country. I would like to thank all the state governments and officials of the National Testing Agency for the smooth conduct of the examination.”

Special measures taken for JEE Main Day 1

1. Many states provided special public transport facilities for students and parents or guardians so they could reach the exam centre more easily.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that special trains would run for the JEE and NEET candidates only on the exam days. Students would be able to get a ticket by showing their admit card.

IIT Bombay also developed a portal to arrange transport for JEE and NEET candidates to reach the exam centres.

2. NTA had earlier announced how the number of JEE Main exam centres had been increased from 570 to 660 and the number of NEET UG exam centres from 2546 to 3843.

NTA had also stated that more than 99% of candidates had been allotted their first choice when it comes to exam centre city choice.

3. Even though the morning exam started at 9 am, the reporting times started off at 7 am. Students were provided separate arrival time slots as per their JEE Main admit cards to prevent crowding at the exam centres.

Students also left the centres after the exam in pre-decided time slots.

4. Students were not allowed to take anything inside the exam centre except pencil box for drawing, admit card and Aadhar card.

Transparent water bottles were allowed. Ball point pens were given inside the exam hall.

Wristwatches were not allowed and time clock on computer screen was provided in the hall.

5. No physical frisking was done, and metal detectors were used to check the students.

6. Students were provided fresh masks at the exam centre after temperature check and sanitisation; they were not allowed to attend the exams in their own face masks.

7. Students had to use a sanitise station where they pressed a foot lever to sanitise themselves or take sanitiser from a guard standing with a bottle.

8. Candidates whose body temperatures were above the prescribed limit were put in ‘isolation rooms’.

9. Announcements were made for students to maintain social distancing and other safety measures for Covid-19 prevention.

10. Seating in the exam hall was staggered and there were 12 students per room in the computer-based JEE Main exam. Students were made to sit on the odd-numbered seats in this session and were asked not to touch the even-numbered seats.

11. As per students, no biometric attendance was taken this time like in the JEE Main January session. This time, a team of four invigilators came to each student during the exam carrying an orange tab.

They took a photo of students and scanned the hall ticket from a distance with a barcode reader.

12. As per the Covid-19 safety rules, the workstations at the JEE exam centres would be sanitised before and after each shift of the exam.

JEE Main 2020 paper analysis and student reactions

As per reports, students shared mixed reactions about attending the JEE 2020 exam. Some complained about public transport issues while others talked about the numerous health tests conducted before appearing for the exam.

Students also noted that since JEE Main Paper 2 had fewer candidates, there was less of a crowd today, but since JEE Paper 1 exams begin tomorrow for the BTech and BE course candidates were much larger in number, the real issues might crop up then.

The morning slot of JEE Main Paper 2 saw as many as 1.12 lakh candidates appear for the BArch courses and about 44, 517 candidates for the B Planning examination. The paper analysis showed an easier paper than the JEE Main January exam.

Photos of JEE 2020 candidates from different parts of India

As the JEE Main Paper 2 preparation procedures started off today morning, photos started to come from different parts of India showing the arrival of candidates and the checking measures in place in view of Covid-19:


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Read: JEE Main 2020 Paper-2 analysis by expert: B Arch – B Planning paper easier than January session

Read: JEE and NEET 2020: 46 additional special suburban trains to run on exam dates, says Western Railways

Read: JEE Main 2020 commences in Odisha on Tuesday with strict implementation of Covid-19 norms

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