On the very first day of the conduct of JEE Main 2020, around 45% of students from Gujarat did not appear for the exam. According to a senior official, over 25-30% of students every year skip the JEE Main exam. JEE Main 2020 is being conducted even after facing immense criticism from students and parents amid the coronavirus pandemic. The officials added that the year has witnessed an increase of 10-15% in the percentage of students not attending the exam.
On 1st September, JEE Main was conducted for BPlanning and BArch aspirants. In Odisha, over 36,000 students appeared for JEE Main 2020 exam on the first day.
On Monday, the state government of Odisha said that over 38,167 students registered themselves for JEE Main 2020. The test is being conducted by the National Testing Agency in 13 districts in 32 exam centers between 1st to 6th September.
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JEE Coordinator of Gujarat, Virendra Ravat said that on 1st September, only 1,664 or 55% of students appeared for the exam out of 3,020 registered students. However, over 1,356 students did not turn up for the exam.
Rawat added that generally, 25-30% of students skip the Main exam every year. But the percentage of students has increased by 10-15% this year.
Bhupendrasinh, Gujarat Education Minister on Monday said that the administration will hold exams after considering all the precautions and social distancing norms amid the coronavirus pandemic.
JEE Main 2020 Exam Not Held in Two Centers of Uttar Pradesh
Several social media tweets and media reports have contended that the JEE Main exam was not held in the Krishna Nagar centers of Uttar Pradesh and Jankipuram Extension on the first day, resulting in confusions among the students.
However, National Testing Agency through its twitter handles proclaimed that no exam was slated in the two reported centers.
NTA on its social media said that this is false news. On 1st September there was no exam scheduled in Jankipuram Extension and Krishna Nagar.
This is false information. There are no exams scheduled in Krishna Nagar and Jankipuram Extension centres today. Exams have been/ are being organised as planned in other centres of Lucknow. https://t.co/gKgm8tbKd2
— National Testing Agency (@DG_NTA) September 1, 2020
In West Bengal, aspirants for JEE Main 2020 found it difficult to reach the exam centers on 1st September due to a lack of transport facility and heavy rainfall in the state.