Jharkhand recorded merely an attendance of 37% for the National Defense Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy examinations which were conducted on 6 September 2020.
The NDA examination was conducted at 47 centres in capital Ranchi with COVID precautions. However, due to the fear of COVID-19 or due to lack of transportation issue, a large number of candidates were absent. As many as 20,680 examinees from across Jharkhand were supposed to take the examinations in Ranchi centres.
“The examinations held in two sittings. The first sitting recorded 37% attendance,” said Moinuddin Khan, secretary to South Chotangpur commissioner.
He said, “Attendance remains around 50% in UPSC conducted examinations on normal days in Jharkhand.”
While Ranchi sub-divisional officer (SDO) Lokesh Mishra, who visited the examination centres along with the Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) Chhavi Ranjan, said, “We found attendance ratio between 35% and 40% in every centre we visited. COVID fear or transportation could be an issue behind the low attendance but we have to examine it before saying anything.”
On the other hand, many officials said JEE-Main exams could also be a reason for low attendance, as the JEE-Main examinations concluded on Sunday across nine centres of Jharkhand.
The NDA examinations held in two sittings. The first sitting saw the paper of mathematics from 10 am to 12.30 pm, while the examinees took the paper of general ability in the second sitting from 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
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A section of students who came out of the examination halls mentioned that the exam was moderate and questions were neither tough nor easy.
Ayush Yadav, an eighteen-year-old student from Ranchi’s Bariatu area, said, “Questions related to trigonometry and calculus were little tough. Rest questions were moderate.” Yadav, who took his examination at Manan Vidyalaya centre, said there were 120 questions in mathematics.
While another student Priyanshu Singh, who came from Jamshedpur, said, “The arrangements were good in view of COVID pandemic. I was scared initially thinking about the precautions at the centre. But, it was good.”
Singh reached the centre by his personal vehicle. “Those who do not have personal vehicles faced problem to reach examination centres, as there is a shortage of public vehicles on road.”
The examinations passed off peacefully, examinees underwent thermal scanning and were made to wear masks before entering the examination halls.
Moreover, only one student was allowed on one bench. While outside the examination centre it was seen that circles were also marked at several centres for maintaining social distance
Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) also inspected the preparations and precautions at the centre. He also appealed the parents and guardians to follow the COVID protocol and maintain social distance while picking up their children.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.