NEET PG 2021 Covid-19 safety guidelines released, students under pressure. The NEET PG 2021 exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 18 but the rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases are putting a lot of pressure on students who are uncertain about whether the all-India medical entrance exam would be postponed especially due to the lockdown or near-lockdown situations in several states.
The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has however issued a circular confirming that the NEET PG 2021 exam would be conducted as per the scheduled date. The NEET PG 2021 admit cards would also be released today at nbe.edu.in.
NBE has promised that the NEET exam would be held keeping in mind all the Covid-19 precautions and has released a list of safety guidelines being followed for the same.
Here are the NEET PG 2021 Covid-19 safety guidelines as announced:
1. Exam centre in same state: The NBE has increased the number of NEET PG 2021 exam centres across the country. Students who chose the ‘Others’ option for exam centres have been allotted test centres in their home state so that they don’t need to travel inter-state.
2. Covid-19 e-pass: In case candidates face any travel restrictions, the NEET PG admit cards will also bear a Covid-19 e-pass which can be checked by police and administrative staff.
3. Staggered entry of candidates: NEET PG 2021 candidates will need to enter the test centres in a staggered manner to avoid any undue crowding and maintain social distancing.
4. Isolation labs: Candidates entering the exam centres will be checked for temperature with thermal guns. Those who display above-normal temperature or any Covid-19 symptoms can take the exam in separate isolation labs.5. Face mask compulsory: Face masks will be compulsory at the exam centres and candidates will not be allowed to enter without an appropriate face mask.
6. Covid-19 protective safety kits: Every candidate will be provided with a face shield, a face mask, and five hand sanitizer sachets which make up a Covid-19 protective safety kit.
All candidates appearing for NEET PG 2021 will need to adhere to the above Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Pressure on students
Students appearing for NEET PG 2021 are worried about their safety because of exam centre issues.
NBE began accepting online applications for designated 255 exam centres on 23 February. However, within hours seats to exam centres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry got filled leaving many students to choose examination centres across other states.
NEET aspirants who were unable to register with online examination centres in their home state have had to opt for centres in states like Maharashtra and Chattisgarh etc. that are currently in a lockdown or near-lockdown situation.
Students worry that with each state having its own pandemic related guidelines regarding travel restrictions and the number of days for quarantine etc., they may be unable to reach and attend the NEET PG 2021 exam.
“Students are demanding the government to postpone the exam, but the chances of the postponement are too slim. And even postponing the examination for just 2 weeks will not be beneficial because the second wave will not go in two weeks. If exams have to be postponed it should be postponed for at least 6 weeks,” says Gaurav Tyagi, Founder, Career Xpert.
“The hurdles aspirants are facing are also genuine but the decision taken by the government bodies is also taken after a lot of analysis,” he adds.
“I humbly request Government bodies that if postponing exam is not an option any alternative in favour of students must be taken because if an aspirant will write exam in pressure of such things the overall rank, merit etc. will also be impacted somewhere,” he says.