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JEE Main 2020: 2.23 Lakh Students Did Not Appear for September 2020 Session

Last updated on September 10th, 2020 at 12:20 pm

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The central government and education ministry has been facing backlash since they decided not to postpone the entrance exams. Amid the floods, with the already surging COVID-19 pandemic, the students had to travel to their exam centres thousands of kilometers away. Due to this, many exam centres reported low attendance with merely 50% students taking the JEE Main 2020.

However, Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal opened up on twitter to reveal the official statistics of the attendance. He also clarified what could be the reason that many students did not appear for the second attempt of JEE Main.


According to Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, 6.35 lakh students appeared for JEE Main 2020 out of total 8.58 lakh applicants. This means 2.23 lakh or around 25% students did not appear for the exam amid COVID-19 pandemic, or among other calamities such as floods in Nagpur.

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He also thanked the state governments and central government for providing assistance in conducting the JEE Main entrance with all COVID-19 Safety Protocols. Dr Pokhriyal also mentioned, “Students may have done well in January exams. Hence, they might not have felt the need to sit for JEE Main again.”


The attendance statistics previously revealed a low percentage of students appearing on Day 1 of JEE Main 2020, but the numbers grew with 80% attendance from Day 2 to Day 6. B.Arch and B.Planning Papers of JEE Main 2020 were scheduled on Day 1 (1st September), which usually have a low number of registrations.

For January 2020 session statistics, over 11 lakh candidates registered for JEE Main and more than 10 lakh students appeared for the exam.

With a low number of candidates appearing for exam in this session, it is possible that JEE Main Cut Off is likely to decrease. This will also affect the college cut offs that are decided by JoSAA during JoSAA Counselling for NITs, IIITs and GFTIs.

JEE Main 2020 First Shift Concludes Amid COVID-19; Read Students’ Reactions

Last updated on September 1st, 2020 at 07:19 pm

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.

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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)-

Delhi NCR

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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Jharkhand

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.”

Madhya Pradesh

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.