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JEE aspirants have to sign Covid undertaking to write tests as SC refuses to postpone exam

This is part of the instructions issued by National Testing Agency, which conducts JEE-Main & NEET. JEE is scheduled in September first week, while NEET will be held on 13th.

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New Delhi: With the Supreme Court Monday rejecting a plea demanding a further postponement of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts these exams, has come up with instructions to be followed by candidates when they write their papers.

According to the instructions, those appearing for JEE-Main, scheduled in the first week of September, will have to submit a self-declaration form along with a photograph, saying they have not tested positive for Covid-19 and have not had any symptoms like fever, dry cough or difficulty in breathing in the recent days.

This form will have to be submitted at the examination centre after it is verified by an exam centre officer and signed by the candidate on the spot.

The NTA uploaded these instructions on their official website late Monday evening and all candidates appearing for the exam have to follow the guidelines mandatorily. 

“The candidates are advised to follow the instructions and the advisory in letter and spirit,” the NTA instructions said.  

A similar set of instructions is also likely to be issued for the NEET candidates soon.

The NTA stated that the admit card will be of four pages this time, with one page dedicated to the undertaking form.

“On the day of the examination, the candidate has to also bring to the exam centre, the undertaking given on the Admit Card at Page-1 (duly filled in, except his/her signature which he/she will be required to do in the presence of Invigilator). This Undertaking is in addition to the one filled online at the time of downloading the Admit Card,” the notice on the NTA’s website read.

“Considering the prevailing Covid-19 condition, the NTA has made all efforts for smooth conduct of the examination. The students as well as their parents/guardians are also requested to cooperate with NTA for successful conduct of the examination in a safe and healthy environment by sincerely following the instructions and advisories,” the notice further read, urging people to be cautious.

Also read: Online classes now a culture in Covid times, says PM, hails New Education Policy

Exam dates

JEE-Main is scheduled to be held from 1-6 September, while NEET is scheduled on 13 September. Owing to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, students have been demanding delaying the exam, which has already been postponed twice.

The plea, rejected by the Supreme Court, had urged the top court to conduct the exam only when “normalcy is restored”.

“Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let Covid-19 crisis subside and then only conduct these exams, in order to save the lives of the students and their parents,” the plea filed through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastav read.

The Supreme Court rejected the plea, saying that “precious years of students cannot be wasted and life has to go on”.

Also read: In India, over 32 crore students hit by Covid-19 as schools and colleges are shut: UNESCO


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  1. The exams must be postponed otherwise history will never forgive those responsible for conducting these exams under such horrible pandemic and incessant rains .

    Guys, let us get together and make this movement as our lives are at risk ..,nothing is making sense to anyone , who is court or govt to decide on whether we want our careers vs our previous life

    For them our life doesn’t matter but for our parents and grandparents it does matter

    Boycott coaching mafias and let’s try hard to get the same postponed

    Let’s aporoach Arnab and other Media etc

  2. Please postpone jee and Neet 2020 exams. The situation is worst day by day covid cases are increasing. Students were afraid to attend the exams, and parents were afraid to send their childrens to attend the paper. Life is important and valuable. All are scared . (Please postpone the Neet and jee).

  3. It’s about carrier..but also about our life..plzz govt.
    Postponed neet 2020…we are not safe and we all kno better

  4. What will the government do if the covid cases rise spontaneously due to the exams as the rise in covid cases in America when they opened schools so we request postponement for these jee and neet exams

  5. Postponed Jee et#NEEt and NDA exams. How can I travel from vanarasi to Lucknow. I am 100 percent sure I will get infected by covid. Who would be accountable for my health and safety of I got infected. There is no doubt about it all

  6. NTA have to understand the student problemmy family members also face covid 19 we all are very scared. In these situations not a single but all students require time to face this dreadful situation NTA should postpone the neet 2020 examination.

  7. Nta should postpone the exam kisi bhi exam me abhi tk koi sop ni follow hue or nta ko kya lgta ha ki itne baccho ki bheed me sop follow hogi no never so keep beds ready for corona flood in september#postponeneetand jee

  8. What is the effect of undertaking
    Something a people don’t effect from fever,headache , running nose and still get affected due to covid 19 and people effected with fever headache runningnose are not affected of covid19
    Suppose a student effected of covid19 but he don’t know and reach center and give exam and get contact in other students what happen then u will realize better not postponing exam makes risk of lakhs of students and their families also so please@nta, @pmo, @hrd @narendermodijii ,plzz sir postpone exams

  9. Please let the authority postpone jee n neet 2020 exams as no other exams all over the country is going to commence till normalcy
    It seems that only coaching giants can move nta like agency on their tips as session is being delayed and crores of turnover is not taking place.
    All the exams should be taken as important as jee neet

  10. NTA should postpone the exam . I am my home now leaving my books at hostel. So , i can’t study. NTA should understand our conditions . Now whet can we do

  11. NTA should postpone the exam . I am my home now leaving my books at hostel. So , i can’t study. NTA should understand our conditions

  12. During this financial crisis we are facing challenges each and every day for just 3 meals a day and top of that this monsoon didn’t leave any chance to make our life harder we are not saying that we won’t write exam atleast give us a little time where we can overcome the daily challenges now where we should run to provide a document stating that we are covid negative when our house are flooded with water leave about securing a seat at least we reach the exam centre without drenching ourselves in rain.without interacting any covid +ve person safely and soundly without any public transport facilities is tougher than writing an exam plz just reconsider ur decision once gain honourable educational minister, supreme Court

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