Officials at the National Testing Agency (NTA) called it an “irresistible response” to medical prospects during the epidemic. Students responded well to the All India Medical Entrance Examination held in mid-September with a slightly higher attendance of 5% in NEET Assam than last year.
“Attendance at some centers in Guwahati has even reached 95% and it has sent a strong message that students are ready to move on in their careers despite the threat of Kovid-1 of,” an NTA official told TOI.
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The test was held between 2pm and 5pm but the students started coming to the test center from 11am. There was widespread enthusiasm among the students, but some simply avoided the exam due to lack of preparation. “It is highly unlikely that some students have decided not to take the exam for fear of being infected with the virus. However, five to 10% of students are absent from many entrance exams,” the official added.
Arif Ahmed, a biology teacher at Miles Bronson Residential School here, said most of their students are comfortable with the biology part of the paper. He is of the opinion that the chemistry part is medium and ‘very difficult’ for physics students.
Arnab Mandal, who took part in the test from a center here, said, “The paperwork other than physics was easy. I tried a lot for the test and now I am happy that I was able to answer most of the questions.”
In the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Combined Competitive Examination (CCE), however, only% of the registered candidates took part in the prelim examination held on Sunday. A total of 5,80,806 candidates from 752 centers were registered to participate in the examination. “Considering the Covid situation, we believe the attendance was not very low,” an APSC official said.
The commission has arranged Covid examination at the examination center. Candidates who had not yet been vaccinated were required to provide a valid Covid-Negative Certificate. APSC officials, however, said there were no reports of covid positive students appearing in the exams. Also at NEET, no covid positive student was reported although special arrangements were made in such cases.
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