More than 15 lakh candidate are expected to take National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET)-2020 tomorrow, on September 13, 2020. Since the students will be taking the exam during pandemic, National Testing Agency (NTA) has made the use of face masks and gloves mandatory. This is one of the measures that the conducting body is taking to hold the examination safely.
However, wearing masks and gloves while giving the exam can be a tedious task. Sweaty hand, foggy glasses, and covered mouth can add on to the exam anxiety. However, students must not let this impact their performance in the exam.
Hence, the best thing to do will be to practice the previous year question paper while wearing masks and gloves. See how much and where exactly the difficulty starts. As per it, students can take some steps on the exam day to take the exam in as much as a comfortable way possible. Candidates can also practice studying at home while wearing gloves to make themselves opportune towards the situation.
There are solutions to avoid mask and gloves related problems. Like, NTA has permitted candidates to carry a 50ml hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers contain alcohol which is a dehydrating agent. It can remove all the moisture from the hands. Hence, candidates can avoid sweaty hands by using hand sanitizers at regular time-intervals. They have to make sure to purchase a good-quality sanitizer with more than 70% alcohol content. However, these sanitizers must not be strong enough to cause skin irritation.
Masks are an important preventive measure against COVID-19. But wearing tightly-bound masks for longer periods can lead to oxygen deficiency. To avoid this, candidates must wear a mask that they are comfortable with. These masks must cover their nose and mouth while also allowing them to breathe. Such masks will also be issued at the entry of the exam center. Students can also practice wearing a mask at home to avoid any unfortunate incidents at the examination center.
Students can avoid fogging their spectacles by wearing them over the rim of their masks. They must also ensure that the mask is not sticking to their face as this may lead to oxygen insufficiency. Candidates can also use their gloved hand to keep the mask in place to prevent their spectacles from fogging. Candidates are not accustomed to such measures while appearing for any examination. However, to ensure the safety and health of all students, these COVID-specific precautions are mandatory and must be followed.
As many as 15.67 lakh candidates registered for the exam will be appearing for the exam this year. The exam is held for admission to medical and dental undergraduate course.