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Around 98% of JEE Advanced 2020 candidates allocated exam city from top three choices

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JEE Advanced 2020 is scheduled to be held on September 27 and the exam for admission to the IITs in India will be conducted across the nation in 222 cities and around 1000 exam centres by IIT Delhi, the organising institute. A total of 1,60,831 candidates have registered for JEE Advanced after qualifying the JEE Main.

Of the total registered candidates who paid their registration fees i.e. 1,55,511 candidates, 97.94% have been allocated examination cities, which fall under the top three choices they had made during the registration.

The rest of the candidates i.e. 2.06% have also been allocated those examination cities, which fall under the eight choices they had made.

PwD candidates allocated first choice of exam city
All registered PwD candidates, whether they have paid the fees or not, have been allocated their first choice of preference.

Candidates who didn’t pay fees not to appear for JEE Advanced 2020
There are in total 5320 candidates who have not paid their fees and they may or may not appear for the examination.

However, over 62% of the total such candidates have also been allocated examination cities, which fall under the top three choices they had opted for.

Of the total 1,60,831 registered candidates only 991 candidates have been allocated centers out of the top eight choices.

These candidates are the ones who have not deposited fee at the time of the registration and it is assumed, on the basis of the past data, that they won’t be appearing for the examination.

The shortage of nodes in some regions resulted in allocation of examination cities beyond top three choices and that too only for a small fraction of the candidates.

Number of JEE Advanced 2020 exam cities increased
Last year, there were 164 cities and 600 examination centers. This year, the number of cities with examination centers have been increased to 222 and the number of examination centers to around 1000.

The examination cities to the candidates have been finally allocated completely randomly, based on an advanced algorithm, to achieve the most efficient distribution.

The algorithm also takes note of the fact that these are challenging times because of Covid-19 and physical distancing needs to be maintained at each center to ensure their safety.

The organising institute emphasizes that the city allocation for JEE (Advanced) 2020 is completely fair to all the candidates.

When it comes to exam centers, however, there have been reports of certain students getting allotted far-off centres at a great distance from their homes.

Portal launched by IIT alumni to help students get to exam centres
Meanwhile, having realised the relevance and criticality of ‘Eduride’ service, a dedicated portal launched by IIT Alumni and students that aims to ease burden of commuting for the needy candidates especially from the remote locations and poorly connected areas, IIT Delhi Alumni Association has informed that the transportation facility via Eduride portal will be available for the JEE Advanced candidates also.

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