NTA makes last minute chances in NEET centres amidst Covid-19 threat

GUWAHATI: Covid-19 has compelled the National Testing Agency (NTA) to shift sitting arrangements from several examination centres where the NEET (UG) is scheduled to be held here on Sunday (September 13).

“The National Testing Agency (NTA) hereby informs that the Examination Centres of NEET (UG) -2020 Examination scheduled on 13 September 2020 from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM for some of the candidates have been changed due to implementation of COVID-19 measures,” read a statement issued by the NTA.

After the changes have been made for the examinees, the candidates from roll number 1402226001 to 1402226600 of centre no. 1402102 in Don Bosco School, Panbazar, Guwahati have been shifted to Royal Global University centre, NH 37 in Betkuchi. The rest, with roll numbers – 1402102001 to 1402102240 – will appear in the test from Don Bosco School.

The candidates from roll number 1402224001 to 1402224360 of centre no. 1402106 in Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Silpukhuri have been asked to appear in the test from Noonmati Public School, Guwahati Refinery Rd, Noonmati, while the candidates from roll no. 1402225001 to 1402225240 have been shifted to Jalukbari H S School, Satmile in Jalukbari.

The candidates from roll number 1402206001 to 1402206480 of centre no. 1402206 in Gauhati University (department of library and information science) have been shifted to Don Bosco Institute of Management, Ramchai Hills, Joypur, Kharghuli.

The candidates from roll number 1402218001 to 1402218240 of centre no. 1402218 in Kaziranga English Academy, Garchuk have been instructed to appear from Godwins School, opposite Sarusajai in the city.

The candidates from roll number 1402220001 to 1402220240 of centre no. 1402220 located in Pragjyotish School, West Boragaon too have been shifted to Spring Dale International School, National Highway 37 Bye Lane 3, Sonkuchi Path, Beharbari in Guwahati.

“There is no change in the centre cities of the candidates; only centres have been changed. The concerned candidates have already been informed by NTA through SMS and email. They are also being informed telephonically,” said the statement.

The candidates whose sitting arrangements have been changed in the last minute, have been advised to download their latest admit card available on NEET website (https://ntaneet.nic.in) and report as per the details given in latest admit card at the new examination centres for NEET (UG)-2020 examination to be held on September 13.

Candidates have also been advised to acquaint themselves with the location of the new examination centres allotted, so that they do not face any difficulty in reaching the newly allotted examination centres.

According to sources in NTA, the changes have been made to maintain distancing among the candidates in some of the city centres. However, screening centres and Covid care arrangements in place at some of the educational institutions has also been a reason behind the changes made by the NTA.

Considering the number of applicants, in Assam, the number of medical aspirants is more than double than those seeking admission in engineering.

While the number of candidates registered to appear for JEE (Main) was 12,803 (6 centres) in the state, for NEET (UG), the number of aspirants is 30,311 (81 centres). As many as 51 NEET (UG) centres are located in Guwahati alone.

Earlier, among the candidates who are registered to appear for both the exams, a section of the students did not appear for JEE (Main) since they wanted to stay free from virus infection till the NEET (UG) exam.

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