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Students aspiring for an architecture course in a top college of India can now join the college without the need of providing a minimum aggregate in 12th boards. The Ministry of Education has finally relaxed this eligibility criteria for B.Arch courses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although, as per the rules, a passing certificate will still be required in order to get admissions.
As per the tweet by Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, selection in Bachelor of Architecture courses in colleges will be based on JEE Main Paper 2 or National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). Earlier, NATA required a minimum 50% marks in PCM or Mathematics in 10+2 boards. And JEE Main Paper 2 required a minimum score of 75% in 12th boards. Now, an aspiring student is only required to qualify an aptitude test in Architecture. This could be JEE Main Paper 2 or NATA.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) August 4, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, JEE Main 2020 Paper 2 has been postponed and is scheduled from 1st to 6th September 2020, and NATA has been rescheduled for 29th August. Both these exams are conducted for admissions to B.Arch courses in top architecture colleges such as Schools of Planning and Architecture and IITs.
COVID-19 pandemic is not going to stop anytime soon. The daily cases are growing with each successive day and with lockdown in place, the travel is also restricted in many areas. As per the Ministry of Home Affairs ‘Unlock 3.0’ guidelines, foreign travel is still at halt. There are certain criteria for travel but issuance of a visa is still restricted and various countries have imposed travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this, Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) or JEE Advanced 2020, will not be held in foreign countries.
Preferred Exam City of India only
As per the official update posted on the official website, those candidates who are eligible for JEE Advanced 2020 can select their preferred exam centres in India when the JEE Advanced Application Forms are open. Only the top 2.5 lac candidates of JEE Main are qualified for JEE Advanced. Recently, the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced, or say, for admissions to IITs was changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The top 20 percentile rule or the minimum aggregate of 75% in 12th boards was scrapped as eligibility criterion. This change was made by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) due to partial cancellation of 12th boards.
Now, all those who have a passing certificate in 12th boards will be considered for admissions to the IITs.
In addition to this, IIT Delhi, the conducting authority of JEE Advanced has ensured that social distancing at exam centres will be maintained. Arrangements will be made at entry and exit points and all throughout exam centres to ensure that social distancing is not broken by candidates. Masks and hand sanitizer will be allowed inside the exam halls.
New Delhi: Soon after the Supreme Court hears pleas for UGC guidelines, JEE Main and NEET aspirants are storming the internet with hashtags #PostponeJEE_NEETSept. These social media campaigns were stopped after JEE Main and NEET exams were rescheduled amidst the growing concerns over coronavirus pandemic. NTA had addressed these hashtags trending over the internet a month ago and rescheduled the JEE Main exam to be held from 1st to 6th September 2020. Check JEE Main Exam Dates
As exams are knocking at the door, aspirants have started these online campaigns again with hashtags trending all over the internet. However, NTA and MOE (Ministry of Education) has not yet announced any postponement of both the medical and engineering entrance exams.
On July 31, 2020, the Supreme Court requested the center to give a clarification on the final year’s exam and adjourned the court till August 10. Only after this decision, engineering and medical students started demanding the postponement.
With India crossing the 16 lakh benchmark in number of corona cases, govt wants to conduct exams instead of trying to put a full stop to the pandemic.
Stop putting a question mark about students safety and start working in the best interest of students.#PostponeJEE_NEETSept
— Anulekha Boosa (@anulekhaboosa) July 31, 2020
Sandeep Saurav, National General Secretary of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) said, “Exams in any form are a threat during this Covid-19 outbreak. We reject (the) discriminatory mode of education in toto.”
— Sandeep Saurav (@Sandeep_Saurav_) July 31, 2020
A student questioned the authority, “We’re the 3rd most affected country, the whole world is seeing the way our cases are rising and breaking so many records. But those sitting at the throne of the government are ignorant of all this. Amidst all this we have to conduct exams, don’t we?”
Please @HRDMinistry And @DrRPNishank . Please dont make this caricature as reality of indian students. Even you are a parent think about the risk of other parents too.please reconsider conducting neet in september.
I know humanity is still left inside you. pic.twitter.com/Wh6lV5sqjX
— Prathamesh lautre (@Prathameshlaut2) July 31, 2020
It is also terrifying to know that among the 1.47 lakhs students who appeared for the Karnataka Common Entrance Test, 60 of them were found positive for COVID-19. This news makes the students all the way more anxious. However, it’s only a matter of time when we will get to know about any changes in the JEE Main exam dates.
National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) was released on Wednesday after almost 34 years. The new changes introduced by the central government have been applauded by many educationists. The Ministry of Human Resource Development will now be officially renamed as the Ministry of Education. Instead of 1.3%, the contribution of GDP in the education sector will now be 6%.
In a much-needed change, NEP 2020 has mentioned that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct a common aptitude test for the higher education of students. NTA currently conducts exams like JEE Main, NEET, UGC-NET and other university entrance exams such as IGNOU exam, JNU exam, Delhi University exam and others.
Along with a common entrance exam, NTA will also offer specialized common subject exams in various streams such as science, humanities, languages, arts and vocational subjects. All these exams will be conducted at least twice a year to ensure maximum participation from students, without the hassles of losing a year towards progressing in their higher education.
No Need of Coachings For ‘Cracking’ Exams
This new entrance exam policy seems much similar to that of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) in the USA. The SAT is conducted for admission to UG courses of various colleges and universities in the USA.
Under the head of “Transforming Assessment for Student Development” in NEP 2020, it is mentioned that the current system of entrance exams will be amended to “eliminate the need for taking coaching for ‘cracking’ the exams”. This could mean that the current requirements for admission and the criteria for assessment under JEE Main, might be reformed in the next year with a major change.
IITs and NITs will also be encouraged to take admissions based on results of Regional, National and International Olympiads for their undergraduate courses. Many such reforms are yet to be interpreted for changes in the school-based education and higher education of students.
In another change, a new regulatory body might be overcome the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) which are responsible for providing affiliations and setting standards for universities and technical colleges in India. This new regulator will be called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). This could marginally change the management of the higher education sector of India with roles and responsibilities changing accordingly.
As previously assured by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Education Minister of India, the worries of candidates are now addressed. Those candidates who are appearing for both JEE Main 2020 and UPSC NDA (I) 2020, now have the option to use the NTA JEE Main Correction Facility to inform NTA about their candidature for NDA (I) 2020 exam. This correction window is open only till 31st July 2020.
The date for the UPSC NDA Exam has been set for 6th September 2020. And those candidates who have applied for both JEE Main 2020 and NDA 2020 might be unable to attend both exams as the dates for both could clash. JEE Main 2020 was recently postponed to be conducted from 1st to 6th September 2020.
Thus, to benefit the candidates, NTA has re-opened the correction facility for JEE Main 2020. Candidates of NDA 2020 exam can update “YES” in their Online JEE Main Application Form in order to mention if they are appearing for UPSC NDA (I) Exam. This must be done until the correction window is open, as this option is provided for the second time to JEE Main candidates.
Once the candidates have updated this option, NTA will ensure that the JEE Main exam slot & dates allotted to candidates does not fall on 6th September 2020.
Previously, the facility was provided in the extended correction window from 15th July to 20th July. But many aspiring candidates were unable to utilise this option and were worried about their exam dates clashing. Hence, the window is now reopened for students until 31st July 2020.
As previously notified, no request for change will be accepted by NTA via any other means other than JEE Main Correction Facility. And no requests will be entertained once the correction facility has been closed. It is advised that students make all necessary changes before the release of JEE Main Admit Cards. Also, NIT admissions will no longer require a minimum percentage of 75% in 12th boards, as announced by Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal.
As per the public notice on July 23, 2020, CSAB decided that it will relax the eligibility and qualification criteria for admission to NITs, CFTIs, and IIITs. HRD Ministry conveyed his message via a tweet that only JEE Main Score and Rank will be considered as the only eligibility criteria for admission. Therefore CSAB has dropped the earlier set criteria of considering a minimum of 75% marks in class 12 boards examination. If a candidate has a pass certificate for class 12 and subsequent JEE Scores, he or she will be granted admission.
📢Attention JEE Main aspirants!
For admissions in #NITs & other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, apart from qualifying #JEE Main, the #eligibility is to secure a minimum of 75% marks in XII Board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 23, 2020
According to the previous year JEE Main Eligibility Criteria, candidates had to obtain a minimum of 75% marks in class 12 or Top 20 percentile rank in their respective boards. However, due to unprecedented circumstances, these changes have been made. The news came right after the Joint Admission Board (JAB) dropped class 12th marks as eligibility for IIT admissions. The series of decisions have been made due to the fact that class 12 exams were not conducted properly amidst the pandemic of COVID-19 and hence students were assessed on the basis of different schemes. These changes are obviously not long term.
We have witnessed a series of revisions in the process of JEE Main admissions, from changing dates twice to IITs and other JEE Main participating institutes scraping off Class 12 eligibility criteria. NTA is set to conduct JEE Main examinations from September 1 to 6, 2020 after rescheduling it for the second time.
JEE Main 2020 was rescheduled for the second time by NTA recently. The exam is proposed to be conducted from 1st to 6th September 2020. But many students are struggling as UPSC has set the date for NDA (I) 2020 as 6th September. To ensure that the dates for NTA JEE Main 2020 and UPSC NDA 2020 do not clash for candidates, NTA provided the option in JEE Main Form Correction Window, to let candidates update if they are appearing for NDA 2020. This window was recently closed on 20th July 2020. Now, many students who have not used this option are worried if their dates could clash.
As a quick response, HRD Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, addressed this difficulty. He tweeted to aspirants that NTA will make sure that the dates do not clash for students appearing in both exams.
.@DG_NTA will ensure that the two exams don’t clash for candidates appearing in both the exams.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 21, 2020
Could This Mean Further Postponement?
This does not mean that dates might be postponed any further. More than 9 lakh students have applied for JEE Main 2020 which is much higher than applicants of NDA exam. The second session of JEE Main 2020 has already been postponed twice giving additional time for students to prepare for the exam.
However, clashing of dates could mean a slight change in schedule of either of the two. It is more likely that NDA 2020 dates might get shifted further due to less participation in comparison to JEE Main 2020. Or, NTA might also open the JEE Main correction window again for students to update their participation in NDA 2020.
NTA has made several changes such as doubling the number of exam centers in order to ensure social distancing. Along with this, NTA also decided to release the JEE Main 2020 Results within 5 days so that the academic calendar is not delayed too further.
A few months after the COVID-19 halted the second session of JEE Main 2020, NTA launched their newly developed android application ‘National Test Abhyas’ for free online mock tests of JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020. In a new record, the National Test Abhyas has reached a new high of 30 lakh sessions taken by JEE Main and NEET aspirants, in just 55 days.
NTA’s application was launched since there was no more possibility of running NTA’s Test Practice Centres (TPCs) for JEE Main aspirants amid the country-wide lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also asked schools and colleges to opt new ideas for assessment such as this, in case the lockdown on schools and colleges is extended in future. He appreciated this milestone in a tweet.
Happy to share that @DG_NTA‘s mobile application launched during #Covid19 lockdown for JEE (Main) and NEET aspirants called ‘National Test Abhyas’ has touched a milestone of delivering 30 lakh free online practice sessions in just 55 days.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 19, 2020
Better Performance by App against TPCs
As per a detailed report, 7.67 lakh JEE aspirants have taken the JEE Main Mock Tests on the National Test Abhyas App. 33.9 lakh hours have been spent by test takers on the NTA’s application with an average of 7 JEE Main tests taken by each candidate.
Compared to the NTAs Test Practice Centres, the performance of National Test Abhyas has been outstanding within less than 10% of the time period. Only 5.4 lakh study hours were spent by students in 558 days at test practice centres set up by NTA since September 2018. This could be due to the registration process and other requirements which are not necessarily required for National Test Abhyas.
NTA is also looking for the opportunity to introduce other online mock tests on this application as the demand is rising. Meanwhile, MHRD is also looking for allowing the schools to utilise this platform as a replacement for classroom learning.
Currently, NTA JEE Main 2020 has been postponed by over 5 months and is scheduled to be conducted from 1st to 6th September 2020. Keep checking our website JEEMains.in for the latest updates on JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2020!
Mr Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi, has said in an interview that the dates of JEE Main January 2021 could be delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The number of cases are growing continuously with the daily cases reaching a new high of 34,000 cases. He said that there could be a month or more delay in the JEE Main 2021 January session.
The question was asked to the Director on whether JEE Main 2021 could be conducted on time. On which he replied that, “It is difficult to predict anything as of now, but I feel the exam dates might be delayed by a month. This is because the JEE Main 2020 admissions might take a month or so after the exams are conducted in September this year. Considering this delay, it is not possible to plan and conduct another exam at national level with more than 10 lakh applicants, within this time gap.”
Unavailability of Classroom Education
Usually the JEE Main Application Forms are started during the month of September for the January 2020 session. This is to ensure all the formalities before the exam are completed within the stipulated time period. There are various errors that students make during registrations which have to be corrected. Moreover, due to the pandemic, there is very little opportunity for classroom education in the coming few months. This has hampered the learning process of students which cannot ever be equivalent to the quality of education imparted online. However, NTA has introduced their own JEE Main Mock Tests Application for continuous learning of students.
There has been no announcement of reduction of syllabus in JEE Main or JEE Advanced as of yet. However, CBSE has announced a revised syllabus with 30% reduction in all the subjects of class 12th. Many are expecting NTA or JEE Advanced authority, Joint Admission Board (JAB) to announce a reduction in the syllabus.
JEE Main 2020 April session is delayed by over 5 months and is set to be conducted by NTA from 1st to 6th September. Soon after, IIT Delhi will conduct JEE Advanced 2020 on 27th September 2020. The probability of conducting the exams of these dates is very low as the pandemic situation is still not under control by the government.
As per the latest announcement by Education Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to let go the eligibility criterion of Class 12th Marks for admission to IITs. This decision was taken because of the partial cancellation of class 12th exams by several education boards of the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic spreading at large.
This JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria also known as top 20 percentile rule, required students to score at least 75% in their respective boards or be the top 20 percent scorers of that particular board, in order to take admission to any of the 23 IITs. JoSAA announced the top 20 percentile cut offs of each education board before the beginning of counselling every year.
Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for #JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates this time. @HRDMinistry @PIB_India @MIB_India @DDNewslive
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 17, 2020
The criterion was required to be fulfilled by students other than the JEE Advanced scores that decided which seat a candidate can opt for. But now, all the qualified candidates of class 12th exams will be eligible for an IIT, notwithstanding the number of marks they have scored in class 12th boards.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 17, 2020
It is being said that JAB has decided to drop this criterion just this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule will be introduced back in the next year. The rule has been criticised by many such as Anand Kumar of Super 30, saying it disapproves students of backward communities from joining IITs as many do not have education from great schools.
Also Read | IITs Might Reduce Syllabus for JEE Advanced 2020
IIT Delhi is going to conduct JEE Advanced 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic on 27th September 2020. Candidates have to score a rank of 250,000 or above in JEE Main 2020 to be qualified for JEE Advanced. Both JEE Main and JEE Advanced have been postponed twice since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020. It is also being said that the JEE Main 2021 session might be delayed because of the pandemic. Keep visiting JEEMains.in for latest updates! Stay safe and wash your hands!