JEE Main, NEET: Covid undertaking must for students

Students appearing for JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 in September across the country have to submit Covid undertaking saying that they have not tested positive for coronavirus and have not had any symptoms like fever, dry cough or difficulty in breathing in the recent days.

Students have to submit a self-declaration along with a photograph in this regard before appearing for the exam.

Students and parents across the country are strongly demanding postponement of NEET and JEE Main in September in the wake of corona pandemic in the country. They even filed petitions in the Supreme Court seeking postponement arguing that the lives of lakhs of students will be at risk if exams are conducted in September due to increase in corona cases across the country.

However, the Supreme Court on Monday, August 17, 2020, refuse to postpone the exams.

In this backdrop, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts JEE Main and NEET, has come up with fresh instructions on Covid undertaking to be submitted by students.

This form will have to be submitted at the examination centre after it is verified by an exam centre officer and signed by the candidate on the spot.

The NTA uploaded these instructions on their official website late Monday evening (August 17, 2020) and all candidates appearing for the exam have to follow the guidelines mandatorily. 

“The candidates are advised to follow the instructions and the advisory in letter and spirit,” the NTA instructions said.  

The NTA stated that the admit card will be of four pages this time, with one page dedicated to the undertaking form.

“On the day of the examination, the candidate has to also bring to the exam centre, the undertaking given on the Admit Card at Page-1 (duly filled in, except his/her signature which he/she will be required to do in the presence of Invigilator). This Undertaking is in addition to the one filled online at the time of downloading the Admit Card,” the notice on the NTA’s website says.

“Considering the prevailing Covid-19 condition, the NTA has made all efforts for smooth conduct of the examination. The students as well as their parents/guardians are also requested to cooperate with NTA for successful conduct of the examination in a safe and healthy environment by sincerely following the instructions and advisories,” the notice further read, urging people to be cautious.

JEE-Main is scheduled to be held from 1-6 September, while NEET is scheduled on 13 September.