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Last updated on November 12th, 2020
The National Testing Agency had faced a mixed backlash on social media from several students for the JEE Main 2020 September session. While dedicated students wanted the exam to be conducted at the earliest, many wanted to delay the exams further amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, with complete safety protocols and social distancing at exam centres, NTA successfully conducted the second session of JEE Main. But all of this was delayed by approximately 5 months. Students lost their precious time period and the academic year has still not commenced as JEE Main counselling for candidates is still ongoing.
This poses another challenge to NTA. When will JEE Main 2021 Registrations start? January is just two months away. Students are not aware of any important exam dates. Neither are they aware of eligibility rules, with any relaxations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are questions being raised about the reduction in JEE Main Syllabus too. CBSE announced the reduction in syllabus much earlier in August 2020. But till now there has been no such notification from NTA or Ministry of Education for JEE Main 2021.
What Would Be Exam Dates Under Normal Conditions?
To ensure that all the processes from registrations, to admit cards to conducting the exam are in a sequential manner, the dates are notified much earlier in an official information bulletin / brochure.
- Application Forms are usually out in October or November.
- Form corrections are made during the mid-December.
- Admit Cards are released around the end of December.
- Around January, the exam centres are all set, and exams are successfully conducted.
Official Announcements Made For JEE Main 2021
There are only a few announcements made for JEE Main 2021, which does not necessarily assist the students in their exam preparations.
- Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in many other regional languages to ensure a better reach. Till now, it was only conducted in three languages – English, Hindi and Gujarati.
- For JEE Advanced 2021, candidates who were eligible for the 2020 session, but were not able to attend due to COVID-19 or similar reason, do not have to qualify JEE Main again. They shall be deemed eligible for JEE Advanced 2021 directly. Read more
Other than the two above, there have not been any other announcements made yet. Aspiring students are getting restless and are worried if they have the apt amount of time required to prepare for the upcoming session. Keep checking our portal for the latest updates on JEEMains!
Last updated on October 14th, 2020
It is finally official. Candidates who had registered for JEE Advanced 2020 but were not able to take the exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offered another opportunity. These candidates can take the exam again in 2021, IITs have agreed. A joint statement by JAB (Joint Admission Board) was issued on 13th October.
“Addressing the concerns of affected candidates, who were unable to attend the JEE Advanced 2020, even though they successfully registered, JAB has decided to let them appear in JEE Advanced 2021, only as a one-time measure,” IIT Delhi said in an urgent meeting held via video conferencing. IIT Delhi has been the organising institute for JEE Advanced this year, while JAB is the apex body for IIT entrance.
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JEE Main Qualification Not Necessary
IIT Delhi also said, “Ensuring equal opportunities to all the candidates, it has also been decided that these candidates will not have to qualify JEE Main again and will be allowed to directly appear in JEE Advanced 2021 on the basis of their previous qualification.”
As per the current JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria, candidates can take the exam only twice in two successive years. Meanwhile, JEE Main allows three attempts with two sessions each year. Students who qualify JEE Main in their third attempt will be considered ineligible for JEE Advanced, assuming their two attempts are already exhausted.
Age Limit To Be Increased Accordingly
This one-time measure will surely help candidates to get admission in the top engineering colleges of India. IIT Delhi Director has also assured that the 2021 attempt will be allowed with appropriate changes in age limit as well. Currently, the age limit has been dropped from JEE Main Eligibility, but still remains for JEE Advanced.
Candidates who used both their chances and also crossed the age limit, will get relaxation in both these options, for appearing in JEE Advanced 2021.
This year, 2.5 lakh candidates were qualified for JEE Advanced but only 1.6 lakh registered for the exam. Out of these, 96% appeared for the exam. It is still unclear that those who did not register for JEE Advanced, even after qualifying JEE Main, will be allowed an additional attempt next year or not.
Qualifying candidates of JEE Advanced can take part in JoSAA Counselling for IITs and Choice Filling till 15th October. Admission to various IITs will be provided based on the AIR (All India Rank) of the candidate.
Last updated on August 20th, 2021
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.
Last updated on September 1st, 2020
National Testing Agency (NTA) has successfully conducted the JEE Main 2020 for B.Arch and B.Planning paper on Day 1. The exam was conducted with full safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
489 exam centres were allocated for conducting B.Arch and B.Planning paper of JEE Main 2020. The number of exam centres was increased and thus, the number of students attending each shift were decreased.
Since the exam has concluded, students are eagerly waiting for JEE Main Paper Analysis. Here are the students’ reactions on JEE Main B.Arch and B.Planning Paper (April / September 2020)-
A candidate named Sanyam Gupta (18) said that he reached the exam centre driving his personal vehicle from Shahdara. He said, “I was a bit concerned about coming here. However, the safety protocols were followed and overall management was good. It is definitely uncomfortable to take a 3-hour exam wearing a mask and spectacles together.”
On the other hand, Shruti Mehra (17), took a cab from Naraina to the exam centre in Vivek Vihar. She said “I heard there was some Ola Uber driver’s strike in the morning. But I somehow managed to get a cab. I was really convinced about the safety measures taken by NTA at exam centres. Taking the exam amid the pandemic made me too anxious, but I am really happy that the exam is over now.”
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Aditya Kumar from Bariatu said, “I have to drive my own personal vehicle. So travelling to the exam centre was not troublesome. Although, those who don’t have their own vehicle or scooter must have faced problems, majorly because of COVID-19, as public transport is very limited.”
He added “For me, career is much more crucial than COVID. I had a fear of infection due to the spread of the coronavirus. But, as soon as I entered the exam halls, I forgot those fears. I was fully prepared for the exam.”
Another candidate, Akash Singh from Gwalior said, “I was concerned about my own safety and the safety of my family amid COVID-19, like all my friends. Anyone who sneezed even slightly in the exam hall made us all scared.”
Smriti Sharma of Bhopal found the paper comparatively easier. However, the Maths section was tough according to her.
More, reactions will come out once the B.Tech paper is conducted from 2nd to 6th September. The number of candidates appearing for B.Tech/B.E paper is much more than B.Arch and B.Planning paper.
Last updated on August 26th, 2020
While the country is fighting against COVID-19 pandemic, students are gearing up for the 6 months delayed exams. Now, IIT Delhi has released important information regarding JEE Advanced 2020.
- As per the official website, IIT Delhi has released the completely revised schedule for JEE Advanced 2020.
- Along with this, a new revised JEE Advanced 2020 information brochure has also been released by IIT Delhi.
JEE Advanced Registrations will begin from 11th September 2020, which have also been tentatively set as the date for JEE Main 2020 Result. As previously announced, the exam will be held as per schedule on 27th September 2020.
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JEE Advanced 2020 Revised Schedule and Shifts
JEE Advanced 2020 will have two papers, which will be conducted in two shifts.
- Paper 1 will be conducted during the 1st shift from 9 AM to 12 PM IST.
- Paper 2 is set for the 2nd shift from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM IST.
Given below is the complete revised schedule from the official website, as on 26th August 2020-
|S. No.||Activity||Date & Time|
|1.||JEE (Main) 2020 [Computer Based Test by NTA]||01-09-2020 to 06-09-2020|
|2.||Declaration of JEE (Main) 2020 Results||By 11-09-2020 (tentative)|
|3.||JEE (Advanced) 2020||SUN, 27-09-2020
Paper 1 : 09:00 – 12:00 IST
Paper 2 : 14:30 – 17:30 IST
|4.||Declaration of JEE (Advanced) 2020 Results||MON, 05-10-2020|
|5.||Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT)||THU, 08-10-2020|
|6.||Declaration of AAT results||SUN, 11-10-2020|
|7.||Tentative Start of Seat Allocation Process||TUE, 06-10-2020|
|8.||Tentative End of Seat Allocation Process||MON, 09-11-2020|
New Changes in JEE Advanced Application Process
So far there have been only a few changes in JEE Advanced 2020 Applications-
- While registering for JEE Advanced 2020, candidates will have to mandatorily choose eight cities under preferences for exam centres.
- IIT Delhi has increased the number of exam cities for JEE Advanced to 212 from 171, adding 16 new centres in India.
- As per the previous notification, JEE Advanced will not be held in foreign exam centres this year.
- Joint Admission Board (JAB) has also removed the criteria of top 20 percentile in boards, for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Candidates with a 12th passing certificate will be eligible for admission.
Interested candidates can check the revised information brochure here.
Conducting JEE Advanced could be a hassle as candidates qualifying JEE Main usually have to travel to a different exam centre city to take JEE Advanced. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public transport options are limited and pose a huge safety risk. It is questionable whether the central government will assist students for this purpose.
Last updated on August 31st, 2021
The voices of students are rising as the dates for the JEE Main 2020 approaches closer. Now 4 state governments have written to the central government in view of rising COVID-19 cases and thus, postponing the JEE, NEET entrance exams.
Currently, JEE Main 2020 April/September session is scheduled for 1st to 6th September 2020. NTA has also released the JEE Main Admit Card 2020 for candidates with COVID-19 Advisory/Safety Protocols to follow.
- Till now, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi had supported the view that JEE Main and NEET 2020 must be postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases.
- Adding to the list, Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik also wrote a letter to Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal. He asked him to postpone the two entrance exams in India.
As per the latest reports, Sonia Gandhi will also hold a meeting with key ministers including Mamta Banerjee to discuss the issues relating to postponement of JEE Main & NEET exams amid to COVID-19 pandemic. Many other chief ministers have been invited to this meeting.
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Bashing the requests, NTA had issued a Press Release on August 21 saying that the exams will be conducted with proper SOPs and safety protocols. NTA clarified that students have been provided the facility to change exam centres 5 times since March 2020.
Since then many political leaders, actors and activists have asked for postponing the JEE Main and NEET entrance exams. The most recent requests were from the actor Sonu Sood and renowned young environmentalist, Greta Thunberg.
Here’s the tweet by Greta Thunberg–
It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 25, 2020
And here’s what Sonu Sood requested Education Minister and PM Modi-
It’s my request to government of India, to postpone the #Neet/#JEE exams in the current situation of the country! In the given #COVID19 situation, we should care utmost & not risk the lives of students! #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID@EduMinOfIndia @PMOIndia
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) August 25, 2020
BJPs Subramaniam Swamy has also supported the cause and asked the central government to postpone JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020.
When I said NEET exams postponement, I meant postponement of all similar Entrance Exams like JEE, etc ! https://t.co/oSEB9thJLA
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 21, 2020
Among politicians, Mamta Banerjee asked the government to postpone JEE Main and NEET exams until the situation is conducive again.
Now with the directive of @EduMinOfIndia to conduct NEET, JEE 2020 in Sep, I would again appeal to the Centre to assess the risk and postpone these examinations until the situation is conducive again. It is our duty to ensure a safe environment for all our students. (2/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 24, 2020
Students have been tweeting with hashtags #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID and asking the education minister to postpone the exams. The exams are only 5 days away. Students are anxious whether exams will be finally conducted or if it will be postponed again. What do you think? Comment below.
Last updated on August 27th, 2021
A group of parents’ body has now moved the Supreme Court of India, requesting the apex body to instruct NTA to conduct the entrance exams for engineering and medical i.e. JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020, as per the revised schedule of September 2020. As per the reports, the plea was filed by Advocate Jaikriti S Jadeja on behalf of Gujarat Parents Association under Article 32. It is to be noted that this plea comes a few days after 11 students moved SC demanding postponement of JEE Main, amid COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the new petition filed by parents, a further postponement of entrance exams such as JEE Main 2020 could have a larger and adverse impact on the education of students. It will result in the loss in the academic year of 2020-21 due to abnormal delay in admissions and thus, result in loss of important learning.
“Admission Process is Time Bound”
It states that NTA must conduct the JEE Main 2020 as per the revised schedule. The exam has been postponed thrice in this year resulting in a loss of 5 months of academic calendar. The conduct of these exams by NTA is utmost needed “as the admission process is time bound” and the complete admission process for engineering institutes and medical institutes is to be conducted within a given time period. Supreme Court judgements and order makes the admission and counselling process compulsory.
The whole process is divided into 3-tier structure and must be followed within the time frame.“There is no gainsaying in the fact that each stage of the above-mentioned process is vulnerable to errors and consequent challenges, having a direct impact on the academic sessions”, the plea states.
“Further Delay Could Impact Performance”
It also emphasises on the fact that many students have been rigorously preparing for the JEE Main and NEET (UG) exams since the past 3 years. Delay in conducting these exams impacts their career and life. The students are already stressed due to the pandemic and further delay will add to their stress levels. There will be unpredictability of their future and hence, their performance in exams could be impacted as well.
The conduct of JEE Main and NEET is followed on the grounds of several exams that have been conducted by NTA and other exams conducting bodies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it argues that NTA has re-opened the JEE Main Form Correction Facility multiple times in the past to ensure students have the opportunity to revise their exam city preferences.
Currently, JEE Main 2020 has been scheduled from 1st to 6th September 2020, as the authority expected decrease in the daily cases of COVID-19 until September. However, there has been a consistent rise in daily cases now reaching more than 62,000. The government or Ministry of Education is yet to respond to both the filed petitions.
Last updated on August 7th, 2020
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, around 11 students of 11 States have petitioned at the Supreme Court for rescheduling JEE Main 2020 beyond September. There has been constant resistance from students on Twitter and other social media platforms over conducting JEE Main and NEET entrance exams amid COVID-19. Meanwhile, there has been no response from the government over this issue.
Anubha Sahai, Chief of Parents’ Association spoke on the issue. “Students across India want deferment of JEE and NEET 2020 because of COVID-19 cases growing rapidly. 11 students from 11 different states have petitioned at the Supreme Court to provide some relief. We hope that the apex court will give justice to these students,” she said.
Fresh Opportunity To Fill Exam Forms
The petition was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, who is representing these 11 students. As per the petition, students want the ‘exams should be conducted only after normalcy is re-established in India post the COVID-19 crisis’. They also demand that the number of test centres must be increased and at least one exam centre must be established in all the districts of the country. Along with this, the petition also says that aspirants of JEE Main and NEET must get the opportunity to fill fresh application forms and choose exam centres once again.
-On behalf of 11 students from 11 States, today I have filed a Petition in Supreme Court
-To Conduct it after COVID subsides
-Increase Exam Centres
-Give fresh opportunity to aspirants to fill Form
— Alakh Alok Srivastava (@advocate_alakh) August 6, 2020
Many students are providing reasons over the risks of conducting entrance exams at such huge levels. Students are citing reasons for KCET, where almost 60 asymptomatic students were found COVID-19 positive. Students are posting tweets with the hashtag #SaveJEE_NEETstudentsPM
We don’t have trust on your SOP after KCET failure.
SOP is only on papers!!!
Nobody will come to check after exam if you are safe or not!!
— The Penchill Man (@penchillman) August 6, 2020
The basis for postponement of JEE Main 2020 was that many other exams have already been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. CLAT 2020 has been postponed indefinitely, and major board exams have been cancelled amid COVID-19. This can be taken as valid grounds for cancellation of JEE Main and NEET exams too.
Last updated on August 4th, 2020
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.
Last updated on August 18th, 2021
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.