Officials at the National Testing Agency (NTA) called this an overwhelming response from aspiring doctors during the pandemic. Student response was better than last year when NEET recorded just over 75% attendance in Assam in the All India Medical Entrance Test held in mid-September 2020.
“At some of the centers in Guwahati, attendance reached as high as 95% and this sent a strong message that students are ready to advance in their career even under the threat of Covid-19,” an NTA official told TOI.
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The exam took place between 2 and 5 in the afternoon, but students started arriving at the exam centers from 11 in the morning. There was great enthusiasm among the students, but some skipped the test mainly due to lack of preparation. “It is highly unlikely that some students will decide not to appear for the test for fear of infection with the virus. However, between five and 10% of students remain absent in many entrance tests,” added the official.
Areef Ahmed, a biology teacher at Miles Bronson Residential School here, said most of his students were comfortable with the biology portion of the article. However, he felt that the chemistry part was moderate and the physics was “very difficult” for the students.
Arnab Mondal, who took the exam from a center here, said: “Except for physics, the rest of the work was easy. I tried very hard to prepare for the exam and now I am happy that I was able to answer most of the questions. “. the questions.”
However, in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Combined Competitive Exam (CCE), only about 49% of registered candidates appeared in the preliminaries held on Sunday. A total of 75,806 candidates were registered to sit the exam from 392 centers. “Considering the Covid situation, we believe that attendance was not very low,” said an APSC official.
The commission arranged for Covid testing at the test centers. For candidates, who had not yet been vaccinated, it was mandatory to present valid Covid negative certificates. APSC officials, however, said there were no reports of positive Covid students taking the exam. In NEET, there were also no reports of any positive Covid students, although special arrangements were made for such cases.