Last updated on July 5th, 2021
Candidates who qualified for JEE Advanced 2020 but could not appear for the exam will be given a chance to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.
IIT Kharagpur, which is the conducting authority for JEE Advanced 2021 has released the information brochure for JEE Advanced 2021. However, the exam that was previously scheduled to be conducted on July 2, 2021 has been postponed due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 situation. JEE Advanced 2021 will only be conducted after both the pending sessions of JEE Main 2021 (April and May) get conducted. Revised dates for JEE Main April and May session as well as JEE Advanced 2021 are expected to be released soon.
Who is Eligible for JEE Advanced 2021?
As a one time measure, the students who qualified for JEE Advanced 2020 but could not appear due to COVID-19 related restrictions will be eligible to take JEE Advanced 2021. There are around 8000-9000 such candidates who lost the chance to appear for JEE Advanced last year due to the pandemic. Sarit K. Das, a professor at IIT Madras and the former director of IIT Ropar said that this move will provide equal opportunities to the candidates who missed it as these candidates will be considered in addition to the candidates qualifying for JEE Advanced in 2021.
Das also said that, “While it may be difficult to verify their Covid related challenges, JEE Advanced being a high-stake exam, few would have wanted to opt out at the last minute unless there is a genuine reason.” Further, the top 2.5 lakh candidates in JEE Main All India Rank List will be allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.
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Deepankar Choudhury, Chair Professor and Head of Civil Engineering department of IIT Bombay said that considering the board exam results helps maintain the quality of candidates who get selected for the premier engineering institutes of the country as board results focus on the overall assessment of the candidates. The results help to assess proficiency in language also which the competent exams do not.
Choudhury also added, “Since board exams are non-uniform throughout the country, to hinge assessments based on the earlier 75% marks criteria in the board results would not do justice to the students of those state boards where marking is very strict. The pass criterion seems like a fair deal to the students.”
JEE Advanced 2021 Revised Dates
Talking about the exam dates for JEE Advanced 2021, Das said that though it is difficult to put any dates for the exam forward as of now. But there are chances that the gap between JEE Main April and May sessions and JEE Advanced 2021 might be reduced due to the paucity of time. The dates might be released soon as the Ministry of Education is already in conversation with the Union Ministry of Health for reviewing the current situation.
JEE Advanced 2021 Exam Centre’s
The director of IIT Hyderabad, BS Murty, said, “Since there is not much of a significant difference in the Covid situation this year as compared to last year at this point in time, the number of examination centre’s may not be increased unless the situation takes a turn for the worse.”
Choudhury also said that the need to increase the number of exam centres will depend on the digital exams service provider’s ability to set up the facilities in remote areas. He also added that “a social distancing mode” with sanitization measures, mandatory masks, temperature checks etc. need to be followed at all centre’s.