SOP issued for OJEE starting from Oct 12 – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) on Monday issued standard operating procedure (SOP) for conducting joint entrance examinations during this Covid pandemic situation. The examinations will be held between October 12 and October 19 across the state.

Around 79,800 candidates have registered to appear for the OJEE this year in order to get admission into undergraduate (UG)/postgraduate (PG) level professional courses including BTech, MTech, MBA, MCA, MArch, MPlan, MPharm and BPharm in the state. Candidates on Monday downloaded the admit cards for the test.

The OJEE authorities said all necessary measures, with respect to hygiene and social distancing, will be taken at the test venues to ensure health and convenience of the candidates. Government has opened three examination centres outside the state and 21 centres inside the state for the candidates. Three shifts have been planned for each day of the examination.

Only 50 per cent of the total seating capacity will be utilized in the examination centres so that the gap between two neighbouring candidates can be maintained as per the guidelines of the government. “If any candidate appears to have high body temperature or any other Covid symptom, he/she will be allowed to appear the examination in an isolated hall,” said OJEE chairman SK Chand.

He said the seating area of a candidate and entire test venue including examination halls, door handles, lift switches and railings will be disinfected and sanitized before the beginning of each shift. It is mandatory for candidates to come to the examination centre by wearing three layered masks. It will advise candidates to bring small transparent container of sanitizer liquid, he added.

Invigilators and associated staff will be provided with masks and gloves. Hand sanitizers will be made available at entry and at various places inside the test venue. Candidates need to sanitize their hands by washing with soap and with hand sanitizer before entering the examination hall. The examination process will be made contactless. Body temperature of the candidates will be checked at the entry point using Thermo Guns.

Barcode readers at the examination hall will read the barcode of candidates’ admit card. Metal detectors will be used for frisking of the candidates while they enter into the examination laboratory. Five blank papers will be provided to examinees for rough work. Staff will be deployed at appropriate locations to guide the candidates.

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