With prospecting dates for JEE Main 2020 till June 2020, Union HRD Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal also cleared doubts about the upcoming academic year for CBSE school students. Parents and students were perplexed about the impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) will have on the curriculum of the year 2021. Major pressure was over current batches of class 10th and 12th who will be taking board examinations in the next year affecting their studies for competitive exams such as JEE Main and NEET.
Mr Pokhriyal said that CBSE will be reducing the syllabus for the next academic year for all the classes, proportionately to the time period lost due to COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown. This will be followed for all the classes and not just 10th or 12th. This helps students with the preparation of competitive exams such as JEE Main and JEE Advanced, where students will likely put more attention now. However, there were no statements regarding boards other than CBSE.
He also stated that there some pressure would still pertain and the schools would be advised to reduce the summer vacations for students in case the situation is controlled. Students have lost about a month and a half, affecting the competitive examinations as well as the boards.
The country-wide lockdown was imposed during the CBSE 10th and 12th board examinations to safeguard the students. Soon after, CBSE announced that students of class 1 to 8 will be promoted without any exams. The students of class 9th and 11th will be promoted based on performance in projects, term exams etc conducted within the schools. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal mentioned that students and teachers are their first priority and they must stay safe.
Students can read all the FAQs regarding exams, published by CBSE during this extreme crisis of COVID-19 in this PDF – Download (10th April 2020)
It was decided by CBSE to conduct board exams for only 29 subjects out of the remaining 41 subjects, once the lockdown has been lifted. These also include subjects which were due to be held during law and order situation in North-East Delhi. Because of the prevailing situation, students and parents are unsure if the exams for these 29 subjects will be held anytime soon.
Will syllabus for JEE Main 2021 be reduced?
There has been no official announcement about this but after analysing the situation, NTA might reduce the syllabus for JEE Main 2021 similarly to CBSE curriculum. Although considering the difficulty level, and the importance of the overall syllabus, JEE Advance might still be conducted with the complete syllabus. Majority of students start preparing for JEE at the beginning of class 11th. With CBSE easing the rules of promotion for class 11th, students are advised to focus their attention on attempting maximum mock tests and keep preparing for the complete syllabus only.