Last updated on October 9th, 2020 at 06:07 pm
No doubt there’s a lot many opportunities lost during this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and the fear of this fatal disease. Many students have lost the opportunity to attempt JEE Main 2020 this year due to COVID-19. Due to this, they also lost the opportunity to qualify for JEE Advanced 2020 and thus losing a seat in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
However, as many aspiring candidates were affected by COVID-19, they could get another chance to attempt the JEE Advanced in 2021, as an extra attempt. As per the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced, candidates can only take the test twice, in successive years.
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Many candidates who registered and could not attend, or performed poorly due to COVID-19 or related issues, could get another shot at the exam as a one-time opportunity. But this extra attempt will only be provided to those candidates, who have exhausted their both attempts in 2020.
This means, anyone who took the JEE Advanced in 2019 and 2020 could get a shot at the third attempt. But those who took the exam in 2020 for the first time, will only be able to take JEE Advanced 2021 as their 2nd attempt.
Here’s what IIT Delhi Director Dr V Ramgopal Rao said on multiple requests from students-
No. of attempts for JEE Advanced & JEE Mains. Please read my views. pic.twitter.com/dFMdLLXLpg
— V.Ramgopal Rao (@ramgopal_rao) September 16, 2020
Three Attempts For IITs
Currently, under JEE Main Eligibility, the attempt limit is set to 3, only within three consecutive years. However, the exam is held twice in a year – in January and April. This makes the actual number of attempts to 6. If a student qualifies for JEE Main, he/she can take the JEE Advanced, for admission to IITs. However, for JEE Advanced, one can take the exam twice in two successive years.
Students, who are able to secure a top rank in JEE Main (probably in their third attempt), are considered ineligible for JEE Advanced if they have exhausted both their previous attempts.
Decision In Hands of JAB
Answering these issues, the IIT Delhi Director told the students that Joint Admission Board (JAB) is the authority on creating rules regarding IIT-JEE Advanced. All the Directors of various IITs are members of JAB, along with other important members. IIT Delhi was the organizing institute for JEE Advanced 2020. While, IIT Kharagpur will be the organising institute for JEE Advanced 2021, which will have to keep this proposal to JAB on increasing the attempts.
So, conclusively, this process might take time. Based on the decision of JAB, students might be able to take JEE Advanced 2021 as an additional attempt.