Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Education Minister of India, hosted a live session with students on Facebook and Twitter on 5th May 2020. As a relief to the uncertainty for students as well as parents, he announced that the JEE Main 2020 April session will be held from 18th to 23rd July 2020. He also announced new dates for NEET 2020 which shall now be held on 26th July 2020. The session was hosted to address the queries of students who had been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic all across the country.
JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates
Previously, it was announced by the authorities that JEE Main 2020 April session will be held during the end of May 2020. But to ensure the safety of students amid the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, JEE Main 2020 new dates are set from 18th to 23rd July 2020. He also stated that JEE Advanced 2020 will be held in August 2020.
JEE Main 2020 Admit Card Dates
The release of JEE Main 2020 Admit Card might be around 10 to 14 days before the exam, depending on the gravity of situation. Earlier, it was scheduled to released on March 27, 2020. The complete revised dates for JEE Main 2020 will be released on the official website. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for the latest information.
Queries regarding the upcoming academic calendar
A few queries from students were regarding the study pressure in the coming academic calendar. The syllabus for the following academic year will be reduced according to the time period lost, said Mr Pokhriyal. Due to COVID-19, the academic schedule has been delayed. With this concern, HRD ministry has central and other educational boards to reduce the syllabus for the 2021 academic year proportionately.
Dates for CBSE Board Examinations
Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal also announced that the decision on dates for 29 CBSE Board exams still pending, will be taken in accordance with the situation of COVID-19 among various districts. The situation has been reviewed and dates for the examinations will be announced within a day or two. This poses a question towards students who were appearing for JEE Main 2020 along with 12th Boards this year because the percentage score of 12th standard is an important criterion for admission to colleges.
Useful Resources to Prepare under Lockdown
Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal has asked students to utilise maximum online resources for studying during COVID-19 lockdown. Online portals such as Diksha, Swayam, National Digital Library of India are available for free to students with around 2000 online content. Other than this, Swayam Prabha television channel is telecasting regular educational content for exams completely free on DTH service. Content on Swayam Prabha channel is provided from school to college-level curriculum.