National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) sticks to its original schedule on May 3, 2020, as state and central level entrance tests get delayed. As per MHRD secretary Amit Khare, no decision to postpone is yet conveyed. “The decision to reschedule the NEET will be taken on the basis of the situation. For now, the NEET will be conducted as per schedule.” As the entire country reels under COVID-19 spread and heavy lock-down, a series of examinations—ICSE, CBSE, JEE Main, ITBP recruitment, and AMU admission exam—stand postponed. A total of 15.93 lakh candidates are to appear for NEET UG 2020. Around 33,357 candidates have registered from Jammu and Kashmir.
Few students are happy at the decision since postponement generally disrupts the preparations. Students appearing for NEET and JEE Main are concerned about a possible clash. “NEET is scheduled on May 3, and if the revised JEE Main dates fall in the same week, it will be too much pressure on us,” commented Diptajit Sinha who is preparing for both the examinations.
A few students, however, differ on the subject of postponement. Harsh Malhotra who is gearing up for NEET said, “The lockdown obviously affects the preparation, but thanks to digital learning platforms provided by major institutes, the situation is under control. My CBSE papers are almost over with only Hindi left (postponed earlier due to coronavirus), I am preparing without any pressure and distraction.”
In India, COVID-19 has caused a death of total 415 people. States like Punjab have imposed curfew whereas Section 144 of the CrPc is levied on Pune. No person is allowed to move via vehicles or on foot. In the wake of COVID-19, Delhi has imposed Section 144 till March 31, 2020. Public gatherings and inter-state travelling have come to a halt. Besides, 75 cities across India are under lock-down.