NEW DELHI: Contact-less frisking, staggered time-slots for reporting and contact-less verification of documents like admit cards will be part of the safety protocol for engineering and medical admission tests — JEE (Main) and NEET — to be held by the National Testing Agency between September 1-13 for nearly 25 lakh aspirants.
Candidates will be required to carry a self-declaration regarding their Covid-free health status on the day of the test and those with body temperature higher than the recommended will be allowed to take the test in isolated rooms.
As per the standard operating procedures finalised by NTA and a copy of which has been accessed by TOI, threetier measures are being put in place — pre-examination, conduct of exam and post exam phases. As part of pre-exam measures, all centres would keep gloves, masks, hand sanitisers, sponges/ cloth, disinfectant liquid with 1% sodium hypochlorite, disinfectant backpack spray machines for sanitising floors and walls, thermo guns and individual water bottles for staff and candidates.
All floors, walls and gates of the exam centre will be sanitised with disinfectants before the exam starts and those on exam duty will wear masks and gloves after staff verification. At the entry, body temperature of the candidates will be recorded and if it is found to be more than 99.4°Fahrenheit, the candidate will be taken to an isolation room.
The process of frisking and document verification for such candidates will be done after 15 to 20 minutes. Candidates will be allowed in batches of 15 girls and 15 boys in two different registration rooms. Inside the exam hall, candidates will be allowed to carry face mask, gloves, a personal transparent water bottle, a small hand sanitiser and documents like admit card and identity card.
For management of candidates’ entry, at the entry of the registration room the body temperature will be recorded and if it is less than 99.4 degree Fahrenheit their move for frisking.
Otherwise they will be taken to an isolation room. The process of frisking and document verification will be done after 15 to 20 minutes. By this time if the temperature doesn’t decrease, they will be allowed to take the exam alone in a separate room. Candidates will be ushered in batches of 15 girls and 15 boys in two different registration rooms.
Inside the exam hall the candidates are allowed to carry a mask on face, gloves on hand, a personal transparent water bottle, a small hand sanitizer and exam related documents like admit card and identity card.
For document verification a table of approximately 3 feet width will be kept and the candidate will display the documents for exam functionary to view without touching.
For the computer-based JEE (main) “Odd seat numbers will be allocated in shift 1 and shift 3, and even seat numbers in the shift 2 and shift 4,” which will result in 50% utilization of venue capacity. Also there will be barcode readers at the entry point to scan the admit card to verify the candidate details without physically touching his documents.