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COVID-19 pandemic is fatal and also already taken away more than 50,000 lives in India. To ensure the health and safety of students taking the NEET UG 2020, NTA has released the COVID-19 Advisory for all staff and candidates attending the NEET Exam Centres.
NEET 2020 COVID-19 Advisory has been released just a day after the JEE Main 2020 COVID-19 Advisory on Safety Protocols to follow. Both are similarly framed in a sequence of –
- Pre-Examination Controls / Measures
- Exam Conduct Controls / Measures at Examination Centres
- Post Examination Controls / Measures at Examination Centres
Mentioned below are the controls / measures under all 3 heads.
Pre-Examination Controls / Measures
- Candidates must maintain a safe distance of around 6 feet as per the social distancing norms.
- NTA has devised a seating plan that will allow candidates to sit at a safe distance from each other as per social distancing norms.
- Few new changes will be introduced in NEET 2020 Admit card-
- Admit cards will provide instructions to maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 Guidelines / Advisory.
- Candidates will be asked to report in Staggered Time Slots at the examination centres – to be printed as “Slot (time)” such as 11.00 A.M. -11.30 A.M. This will decrease huge crowds.
- It will provide a list of items permitted in exam halls
- A hyperlink to the location of the exam centre /venue will also be provided (under digital format) to verify the location of the NEET Exam Centre in advance.
- PwD candidates availing the facility of scribe will be required to wear a mask along with the scribe.
- All necessary sanitizing equipment will be used at exam halls to ensure proper sanitization before a shift starts.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entry gates, registrations desk, server rooms and other important entry points to ensure proper sanitization.
- Staff will be required to use gloves and masks which will be dumped in dustbins at the end of each shift as per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
Also Read NEET Exam Day Instructions
During Entry at NEET 2020 Exam Centres
A set of rules will be followed on entry of candidates at NEET Exam Centres.
- Candidates will report in batches as per time mentioned in their NEET (UG) 2020 Admit Cards. This will ensure a limited crowd at entry gates.
- Time slots for staggered (slot-wise) entry will be communicated to candidates through SMS (on registered mobile number) and Admit Cards.
- Thermal Guns will be used to check body temperatures of candidates.
- If the temperature is less than 99.4 F, they will be forwarded for frisking.
- But if the temperature is higher than 99.4 F, they will be taken into an isolation room. The temperature will be checked again after 15-20 minutes. If the temperature does not go down, they will have to take exam alone in separate rooms.
- Candidates will be sent to the registration desk/room in batches of 15 boys and 15 girls at once.
- Frisking will be conducted using handheld metal detectors with long handles.
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signal presence will be checked inside the examination rooms and examination centres.
- During the conduct of examination, all the installed jammers / CCTVs (if applicable) will be functional as per NTA guidelines.
Items Permitted at NEET 2020 Exam Halls
The list of items that will be allowed at exam centres is given below-
- Mask (on face)
- Personal Water Bottle (Transparent)
- Personal Hand Sanitizer Bottle 50ml
- Documents – NEET 2020 Admit Card, Valid Photo ID, Passport Photos
During Exam Controls / Measures
- Manual Attendance and handwriting samples will be taken from the candidates.
- Manual Attendance with signature will be collected while wearing gloves. No thumb impression will be taken.
- Candidates must ask the invigilator for going to the washroom.
- Water dispensers will not be provided. Hence, personal transparent water bottles will be allowed.
Post Exam Controls / Measures
- Candidates will be allowed to exit the exam halls in an orderly manner – one at a time.
- Social distancing must be maintained at all times, without any crowding.
- Volunteers will be present to ensure all the guidelines are followed even after exit.
Candidates are advised to read the official guidelines thoroughly. COVID-19 Advisory will also be provided in NEET (UG) Admit Cards. You can also download and read the complete advisory regarding COVID-19 on NEET (UG) 2020 here.
NEET 2020 has been confirmed to be conducted on 13th September 2020 under a single shift of 2 PM to 5 PM. The admit cards are expected to be released during the last week of August 2020.
According to the media reports, the health department of Kerala has issued the guidelines for successful conduction of NEET 2020 exam amidst the global pandemic. The state government and the Kerala Health department are making arrangements to make those students sit in separate NEET exam centres who are coming from the containment zone or are coming from outstation and haven’t completed their institutional quarantine period. NEET Exam day guidelines have been issued and the state government has asked the exam authorities to take utmost care this time and not repeat the lapses that occurred during KEAM 2020.
Kerala Health Department has issued a thorough NEET exam day guidelines that are to be strictly followed by both the exam authority and the students. The insights of the guidelines are as follows:
For students coming from abroad and other places in India
NEET 2020 aspirants and their parents coming from outside the state will have to come 14 days prior to the exam and complete their stay-home quarantine or institutional quarantine before the exam day.
Exemption from Quarantine, if COVID report turns negative
Candidates who don’t wish to stay quarantined for 14 days before the exam are required to present their COVID-19 negative report on arrival. The reports presented must be of at least 96 hours prior to arrival.
Separate exam centres for students arriving from the containment zone
Now, the NEET aspirants who are coming from containment zones or who haven’t finished their necessary quarantine period will be seated in separate NEET exam centres to draw out any possible chances of spreading the virus. Also, candidates showing “mild symptoms” will be allotted separate rooms to take the medical exam.
Heath Workers at the exam centres
Field level health workers will be deployed at the exam centres to ensure that the exam is being conducted in conformity with COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.
NEET Exam Date is set on September 13, 2020. All the necessary guidelines have been issued by the health department of the state. The Health Department has also confirmed that guidelines followed during KEAM 2020 will be followed in NEET too. Additionally, the invigilators will be trained to conduct the exam with maximum safety.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, NTA has doubled the number of NEET Exam centres to ensure the regulations of social distancing implementation. NTA has also revised some of the NEET 2020 exam centres due to general elections. The authority reopened the NEET Application Correction Window till 20th July, 2020, so that the aspirants can modify their preferable exam centres.
Update: NTA has provided facility to check allocated exam centres in advanced. Candidates will be able to download NEET Admit card approximately 15 days prior to the exam. Read More
Students from UAE are advised to choose their NEET exam centres in UAE only, since it is not possible to travel from the country to India to appear for the NEET 2020 exam. In this regard, NTA got support from Pinarayi Vijayan, CM of Kerala in favour of the demand for local exam centres.
Students can give their choices of top 3 NEET 2020 exam centres as per their preference. But the examination authorities will allot the final examination centre. The students do not have flexibility to change the allotted exam centre. NTA has released NEET exam dates 2020 at their official site as well.
NEET Exam Centres and their Codes
NEET Exam Centres from Andaman & Nicobar to Delhi/New Delhi
|State/UT||City||Code of City|
|Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair||1101|
|Chandigarh||Chandigarh / Mohali / Panchkula||1601|
|Chhattisgarh||Bhilai/ Durg/ Bhilai Nagar||1701|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||1801|
|Daman & Diu||Daman||1901|
|Delhi/New Delhi||Delhi/New Delhi||2001|
NEET Exam Centres from Goa to Punjab
|State/UT||City||Code of city|
|Goa||Panaji/ Madgaon/ Margao||2101|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu||2501|
|Gulbarga / Kalaburagi||2705|
|Kozhikode / Calicut||2808|
NEET Exam Centres from Rajasthan to West Bengal
|State/UT||City||Code of City|
|Noida / Greater Noida||4410|
|West Bengal||24 Pargana||4601|
NEET 2020 Test Centres
- NTA has established a wide network of test centres for the aspirants from rural areas.
- The candidates, who are willing to complete their UG coursework in AYUSH (that is Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), need to apply for NEET 2020 Exam.
NTA Doubles NEET 2020 Exam centres
Approximately 15 Lakh aspirants will sit for NEET 2020 exam. Amidst the pandemic of COVID-19, it is very challenging to seat that number of students while conforming to the social norms. Consequently, NTA has increased the number of exam centres in 2020. It will help to maintain social distancing.
- As per their planning, the candidates will sit two metres apart from the other candidate. The gap between two aspirants was 1 metre last year.
- To obey the government orders, the number of test centres for NEET 2020 will be increased to 6000. Initially, the number of NEET 2020 exam was 3000.
- Mode of exam for the single shift and single day will be same.
Initially the NEET aspirants can choose their preferable exam city and centre. Nonetheless, NTA will conduct the final seat allotment for the students. For instance, in the situation like overbooking and underbooking, NTA will change the seat allotment to the aspirants. Read More
Process of Choosing NEET 2020 Exam Centres
- NTA allots the NEET exam centres to the aspirants.
- The candidates should choose three preferable exam centres during the NEET Application 2020 form fill up process.
- Once the students login to their account, they need to provide detailed information. The information is related to their choice of preferences.
- Kindly note it down that you will not be eligible to edit your application once you submit it.
- Candidates should double check every entry, based on their accessibility.
- The booking slots for online exams are dependent upon first come first serve basis. There are eight different settings for online exam.
- You are advised to book your slots as soon as possible. Kindly note it down that queries related to the same matter will not be entertained.
- The aspirants from Assam, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir should bring Aadhaar Card number to the exam centre. Otherwise they must choose the exam centres only within their state respectively.
- NEET exam centres will be allocated based on first-come-first-serve basis.
Exam Centres of NEET 2020: Based on the Language
The candidates can give their exam in 10 different languages (as per their preferences). The following table shows the enlisted languages and the available exam centre correspondingly:
|Languages you prefer||NEET 2020 Exam Centre|
|English, Hindi and Assamese||NEET Examination Centres in Assam|
|Hindi and English||All NEET 2020 examination centres and cities|
|English, Hindi and Gujarati||NEET Examination Centres in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|Bengali, English, and Hindi||West Bengal and Tripura NEET Examination Centres|
|English, Hindi and Marathi||Maharashtra NEET Examination Centres|
|Hindi, English, and Telugu||NEET Examination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana|
|English, Hindi and Tamil||Tamil Nadu NEET Examination Centres|
|Kannada, English, and Hindi||NEET Examination Centres in Karnataka|
|English and Urdu||All NEET Examination Centres 2020|
|Oriya, English, and Hindi||NEET Examination Centres in Odisha|
NEET 2020 Exam Day Instructions
- NEET exam centre will be opened 2.5 hours before the exam time, i.e., at 7:30 am. No entry will be allowed after 9:30 am so candidates are advised to reach the exam centre on time.
- Candidates must carry their NEET Admit Card at the exam centre.
- The applicants must carry a passport-sized photograph at the exam centre to be pasted on the attendance sheet.
- Without the NEET admit card, candidates will not be allowed into the exam centre.
- Candidates are advised not to carry any personal belongings at the exam centre may or may not allowed to keep anything at the NEET 2020 exam centre
- No applicants will be allowed in the NEET 2020 exam centre with any digital instrument such as calculator, Mobiles.
- If any candidates found with any digital instrument then his/her exam will be cancelled.
The students are advised to book their exam centre as early as they can to avoid being allocated randomly by the exam authority.
Documents Needed at NEET Exam Centres
On the NEET exam day, the aspirants should carry admit cards and few other essential documents. Go through the following content in order to get to know about the essential testimonials, which are needed to carry on the NEET 2020 exam day.
- One passport size photograph. It will be attached with the NEET admit card
- Another passport size photograph will be attached with the attendance sheet
- You will need to show your valid identity proof. Do not forget to carry your PwD certificate (if applicable).
- One postcard size coloured photograph (4”*6”), which has been taken in white background, will need to be attached with the downloaded Proforma. It will need to be handed over to the invigilator.
- To enter to the exam hall, the aspirants should bring all the aforementioned documents along with admit card.
Check | NEET Dress Code
NEET 2020 Exam Day Schedule
Find the below mentioned table to identify the NEET 2020 exam day schedule:
|Last Entry to the exam hall||1.30 PM|
|Sitting on the seat||1.15 PM onwards|
|Announcement of instructions and checking of NEET Admit Card||1.30 to 1.45 PM|
|Distribution of Test Booklet||1:45 PM|
|Writing of particulars on the test booklet by the candidate||1.50 PM|
|Test Concludes||5.00 PM|
Guidelines Follow to the Disabled Candidates in NEET 2020 Exam
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the NEET examination guidelines for the disabled aspirants on 23rd April, 2019. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment issued the notice on 29th september, 2018. Finally, NEET 2020 will be going to implement the rule for the candidates with disabilities.
Read the following guidelines to find the revised rules and regulations for the disabled candidates:
- Considering the improvement in technology in new avenues, it is necessary to start a uniform and comprehensive policy for the benchmark disabled candidates.
- No added advantages or criteria for the regular candidates.
- The disabled benchmark candidates will get the facilities like scribe/reader or lab assistant.
- Aforementioned facilities will be provided once a certificate of their disability will be submitted. The certificate should highlight the fact that the candidate is unable to write. Consequently, he needs a scribe to write the exam, on his behalf.
- Candidates will get the opportunity to choose their own scribe. In order to check his suitability, the candidate will get a chance to meet with the scribe two days before the exam.
- In case of providing the scribe to the disable candidates from the examination authority, then the scribe should not be more than matriculate qualification.
- If the candidate brings scribe on their own, then the aspirant needs to submit the details and qualifications of the scribe.
- In case of ocurring emergency, the aspirants can ask for more than one scribe to complete the writing of the papers. For instance, one scribe for each paper is allowed.
Some More Tips for Disabled Candidates
- The disabled candidates are required to select the mode of giving the written test that is Computer/Braille/large print. Apart from this, the candidates will be able to record the answers.
- Benchmark disabled candidates will be able to check their system prior to the exam, if they choose the computer based mode. Besides, if they find any discrepancy, they can rectify it immediately.
- Candidates are allowed to carry gadgets like talking calculator, braille slate, geometry kit, abacus, tailor frame, communication chart, braille measuring tape and electronic devices etc.
- The sitting arrangement for the disable candidates will be at the ground floor.
- Once the exam starts, the disabled candidates will get the supplementary sheets timely.
- In case of open examination, the examining body will provide reading material in Braille/e-text and special computer screen reading software.
- The hearing-impairment candidates will get alternative objective questions.
The aforementioned guidelines, rules and regulations will be followed by the exam authority in case of conducting the test for disabling aspirants.
NEET 2020 Exam Centres FAQs
Ans. No, you will not be able to change your NEET 2020 exam centre. Since you have chosen vernacular languages as the mode of exam, hence, the exam centre will be allotted to the respective state. Hence, your NEET 2020 exam centre will be in Assam.
Ans. Yes, you can allot your seat as per your preferable choice, even if it is not mentioned in the application form.
Ans. Yes, you definitely can choose Delhi as the preferred location. However, you are advised to select the NEET 2020 exam centre to your nearby location. It will be convenient for you to reach by time.
Ans. No, it is not possible to change the NEET 2020 exam centre by the aspirants if the admit card has been released.
Ans. Yes, it is better to carry since the NTA authority will not provide you such kind of stuff.
Ans. No, you will not get permission to enter the exam hall if you do not carry it with yourself.