Hyderabad: The first shift of Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) mains commenced in the morning hours of Tuesday, September 1.

This comes after the test was postponed twice in the last six months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As per officials at the National Testing Agency (NTA), standard operating procedures will be followed to avoid the spread of COVID-19. This includes sanitisation of all seats before and after one batch finishes its tests. All seats, computers, keyboards will be disinfected, along with the entirety of the testing centre.

Candidates must wear a mask during the test. While they can bring masks and sanitisers from home, the testing centre will be providing students with a three-layered mask which they are supposed to wear during the entire duration of the test.

Sanitiser dispensers have also been put up outside the testing centre and different testing rooms.

Officials said that only half the number of students (as compared to last year) would be occupying one room. Computers used in the two shifts of exam conducted on the same day will also be different.

The JEE mains were originally supposed to be held in April but were later postponed to July. After hearing several petitions requesting it to postpone further due to pandemic, the Supreme Court directed the exams to be conducted in September.

The JEE Mains 2020 will be held from September 1 to 6.

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