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Transport worry on JEE eve

The two-day state joint entrance exam will start on Saturday with the biology exam between noon and 2pm. The physics, chemistry and mathematics tests will be held on Sunday.

The board has asked the state government and the railways to ensure proper frequency of public transport so that the candidates are not inconvenienced on their way to the exam venues and back home.

“Many buses have been withdrawn as they will be deployed for election duty. But we have asked the transport department to ensure that enough number of buses ply at frequent intervals so that the candidates are not inconvenienced. The state government has already alerted the transport department,” said a board official.

On April 20, the maths exam would be held from 9.30am to 11.30am, followed by physics (from 12.30pm to 2pm) and chemistry (from 3pm to 4.30pm).

“We have also spoken to the Eastern and South Eastern railways. They have assured us of frequent service on the exam days,” said board chairman Bhaskar Gupta.

The candidates have been asked to arrive at the centre half an hour before the start of the exam.

“In the event of unforeseen circumstances we may delay the start of the exams by up to 15 minutes, but candidates must reach the exam centre half an hour in advance,” said a JEE official.

The board has spoken to the state government to ensure that the personnel in charge of the exam venues are exempt from reporting for the election duty training on Saturday and Sunday.

“It had been brought to our notice that employees at some of the JEE 2014 venues have been assigned poll duty and asked to report for training on the exam days. It will be difficult for us to hold the exam at the venues if the staff attend the training on the two days. We have requested the state government to reschedule the training of the staff concerned,” said board chairman Gupta.

For security, the board will collect thumb or finger impressions of candidates on portable biometric identifier machines in the exam halls. The impressions collected will be matched with the ones to be collected during admission.

Special trains

The Eastern Railway will run a pair of special trains from Howrah to Muzzaffarpur in Bihar for the state joint entrance examination.

The railway authorities announced that the exam special train will leave Muzzaffarpur at 1.20pm on Saturday and Howrah at 8.35pm on Sunday. The trains will have AC 2tier, AC 3tier, sleeper and and general second class coaches.

The trains will stop at Samastipur, Barauni, Kiul, Jhajha, Asansol, Durgapur and Burdwan stations.