85% attendance for JEE (Main) Paper 1 for BE/BTech aspirants

NEW DELHI: More than 85% candidates took Paper 1 for BE/ BTech aspirants of JEE (Main) on Wednesday. The test was conducted without any glitch for the second consecutive day. Around 1.2 lakh candidates were registered for the two shifts on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the National Testing Agency had to turn away a Covid-19 positive candidate who turned up at a centre in Berhampur in Odisha in a PPE suit.

According to NTA officials the first shift recorded around 84% attendance while the second shift recorded 87% attendance. The attendance percentage of the test in the January cycle was 90%. The exams were conducted across 660 centres amid stringent safety measures.

“Attendance is normal for Paper 1 today. 10% to 15% absenteeism happens in normal times. The first shift recorded 84% attendance, while it was around 3% more in the second shift. There has been no report of any glitches or delay from any centres,” said an NTA official.

The JEE (Main) is for BE/BTech admissions at 31 NITs, 25 IIITs and 28 CFTIS. Moreover, around 2.5 lakh top scorers will also be eligible for the JEE (Advanced), the admission test for the 23 IITs, which is scheduled for September 27, 2020.

According to some candidates from the second shift, overall the paper was difficult, while some from the first shift rated the paper as moderately tough.

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