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“Ensuring the proper movement of such a large number of students in one day in the midst of an epidemic is a big challenge. After the cancellation of board exams this year, conducting NEET and APSC exams together is the first major challenge for students to consider ‘health,'” a district administration official said.
“All steps are being taken to maintain the Covid protocol at the centers, although maintaining distance outside the centers may not be easy,” the official added.
A total of 111 centers have been identified in Guwahati and its suburbs for the two tests. Although thermal screening and masking of candidates was made mandatory at the time of admission, an official of the National Testing Agency (NTA) said the candidates would not be allowed to exchange anything like water bottles among themselves. An NTA official said a maximum of 12 students would be allowed to enter a laboratory.
“It is a matter of great relief that none of the NEET examinees in Guwahati are covid-positive. However, the police and the administration have been asked to stay with the examinees with their parents in case of any crowd outside the examination hall.”
The Government of India has written to the Chief Secretaries of the States, while the Union Minister of Education has also written to the Chief Ministers to take all possible measures to control any adversity that may arise in conducting examinations offline.
The APSC exam will start at 8.30 am, while the NEET exam will be from 2 pm to 5 pm.
“Both exams will end at 5 pm.
In the APSC prelims, 24,000 candidates from 95 centers in Kamrup (Metro) are expected to appear. Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu said, “Candidates who have not yet been vaccinated will have to give a valid Kovid-Negative certificate. All other Kovil protocols will be strictly followed.”
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