Last updated on October 14th, 2020 at 12:15 pm
It is finally official. Candidates who had registered for JEE Advanced 2020 but were not able to take the exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offered another opportunity. These candidates can take the exam again in 2021, IITs have agreed. A joint statement by JAB (Joint Admission Board) was issued on 13th October.
“Addressing the concerns of affected candidates, who were unable to attend the JEE Advanced 2020, even though they successfully registered, JAB has decided to let them appear in JEE Advanced 2021, only as a one-time measure,” IIT Delhi said in an urgent meeting held via video conferencing. IIT Delhi has been the organising institute for JEE Advanced this year, while JAB is the apex body for IIT entrance.
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JEE Main Qualification Not Necessary
IIT Delhi also said, “Ensuring equal opportunities to all the candidates, it has also been decided that these candidates will not have to qualify JEE Main again and will be allowed to directly appear in JEE Advanced 2021 on the basis of their previous qualification.”
As per the current JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria, candidates can take the exam only twice in two successive years. Meanwhile, JEE Main allows three attempts with two sessions each year. Students who qualify JEE Main in their third attempt will be considered ineligible for JEE Advanced, assuming their two attempts are already exhausted.
Age Limit To Be Increased Accordingly
This one-time measure will surely help candidates to get admission in the top engineering colleges of India. IIT Delhi Director has also assured that the 2021 attempt will be allowed with appropriate changes in age limit as well. Currently, the age limit has been dropped from JEE Main Eligibility, but still remains for JEE Advanced.
Candidates who used both their chances and also crossed the age limit, will get relaxation in both these options, for appearing in JEE Advanced 2021.
This year, 2.5 lakh candidates were qualified for JEE Advanced but only 1.6 lakh registered for the exam. Out of these, 96% appeared for the exam. It is still unclear that those who did not register for JEE Advanced, even after qualifying JEE Main, will be allowed an additional attempt next year or not.
Qualifying candidates of JEE Advanced can take part in JoSAA Counselling for IITs and Choice Filling till 15th October. Admission to various IITs will be provided based on the AIR (All India Rank) of the candidate.