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JEE Main April 2021 Postponed Amid Spike In COVID-19 Cases, New Dates 15 Days Prior To Exam

Last updated on April 19th, 2021

NTA declared on Sunday morning that the JEE Main 2021 April Session stands postponed until further notice.

In light of the surge in COVID-19 infections throughout the country, the National Testing Agency (NTA) decided to postpone the April Session of JEE Main 2021. The April session was scheduled to be conducted from April 27 to April 30, 2021.

The announcement for the postponement of the National level Entrance Exam was made by the Union Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He further added that the revised dates for JEE Main April session will be announced at least 15 days prior to the exam.

Pokhriyal informed the students about the postponement through a tweet, “Given the current Covid-19 situation, I have advised NTA to postpone the JEE (Main) – 2021 April session. I would like to reiterate that the safety of our students and their academic career are Education Ministry’s and my prime concerns right now.”

JEE Main scores are considered qualifying marks for admission to engineering courses in various NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, and many private colleges.

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The decision for the postponement was taken after the repeated demands made by students and parents. Recently, CBSE also postponed the board exams for Class 12th while the exams for Class 10th were cancelled. Further, the Union Ministry also postponed NEET (PG) in view of the surge in COVID cases. Due to the impact on exam dates for the April session, many believe NTA will also postpone the JEE Main May 2021 dates (session 4).

NTA has successfully conducted the February and March sessions. Students are advised to keep a check on the official website jeemain.nta.nic.in for the updates about the exam dates.

NTA Will Allow Students To Choose JEE Main Exam Date For May 2021 Due To Dates Clash With 12th Boards

Last updated on February 15th, 2021

Soon after the 12th boards date sheet was released by CBSE and other state boards, a lot of students were in shock and worry as the exam dates clashed with the May 2021 session of JEE Main 2021. Multiple students reached out to Dr Ramesh Pokriyal, Education Minister of India, and asked him for help as NTA usually allotted random dates during the exam sessions.JEE Main exam date 2021

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JEE Main 2021 May session (4th session) will be conducted on 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th May 2021. During these dates, CBSE and few other state boards have also decided to conduct examinations for certain subjects.

In order to avoid any clash, NTA has decided to provide the option to choose an exam date. Given below are some points from the official notice-

  • NTA is going to open the JEE Main Application Form 2021 from 3rd May to 12th May 2021 (for May session).
  • Candidates will be asked to provide their Class 12th Roll Number and Name of Examination Board such as CBSE, ICSE or respective state boards.
  • Those candidates who are appearing for JEE Main 2021 and 12th boards will be required to select ‘Date’ in their online application form. This will be under the heading – “Whether appearing for Board Examination on any of the dates 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th May 2021”.

This will ensure no confusion remains between the students with regards to clash in exam dates. NTA’s early move has been widely appreciated by the students as it will help many students to plan their dates much earlier.

Recently, NTA has also released the JEE Main Admit Cards 2021 for February session. Candidates can download the same here. In order to download the admit card/hall ticket, candidates need to provide application number and date of birth. Any discrepancy in JEE Main Admit Card needs to be reported via NTA helpline numbers only.

Key Takeaways From Education Minister’s Webinar On JEE Main 2021 Examination

Last updated on December 11th, 2020

On 10th December 2020, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ hosted a live webinar to address the concerns of various students. These included JEE Main 2021 aspirants, NEET Aspirants and students concerned on CBSE Board exams. All students were majorly concerned about the dates of various examinations. However, those were not revealed by the Education Minister.

Students who wish to watch the whole webinar again can check it below-

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Few Main Points From #EducationMinisterGoesLiveJEE Main 2021

There were some major takeaways from this live session specifically on Joint Entrance Examination 2021 as it is conducted in multiple sessions. Moreover, JEE Advanced 2021 is also undergoing changes this year.

  • The Ministry of Education is discussing the prospect of conducting JEE Main 2021 in multiple sessions each year. He hinted at 4 sessions of JEE Main. At present, NTA conducts the exam only twice a year.
  • Syllabus for board examinations is often not standardised with JEE Main Syllabus. While CBSE and few state boards have decreased their syllabus, some state boards have backed out. Dr Pokhriyal hinted at a decreased JEE Main 2021 Syllabus too.
  • Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has assured the students of safety amid COVID-19 and also ensured that they will be provided with appropriate time to prepare for both entrance exams and board exams. Students have been concerned as they lost about 4 months of the academic year due to delay in CBSE exam results.
  • There were no official announcements of exam dates, which we have seen in his previous webinars and tweets. However, Dr Pokhriyal said exam dates will be announced soon. He ensured the dates will not clash for 12th board exams and entrance exams – JEE Main or NEET.

Schools Will Completely Reopen Soon

Dr Pokhriyal gave some other assurances as well. Given the sudden release of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, there are some setbacks as students haven’t been able to get regular classroom education. Many have complained about poor online classes which offer no benefit at all.

  • He had said that schools will soon reopen completely. COVID-19 cases are decreasing as the government is getting a better control towards the situation. Till date, 17 states have taken the decision to reopen schools.
  • Some students asked about practical exams which have a 25% weightage in 12th boards. Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it will be impossible to conduct these exams. Dr Pokhriyal said the ministry will “discuss in this regard”.

“No Plan To Postpone NEET 2021”

Before this live session, students had tweeted to the Education Minister requesting to postpone the exams, especially NEET 2021. However, Dr Pokhriyal clarified that there is no plan to postpone the NEET 2021 exam.

  • As an assurance of safety, he hinted at NEET 2021 being conducted in CBT (computer-based test) mode. NEET was conducted in offline mode only. He said since students want NEET exam online, it can be considered too.
  • Dr Pokhriyal gave the example of Bihar elections where guidelines were followed similar to entrance exams. He appreciated that NEET exam, with most number of participants, was conducted amid COVID-19 pandemic.

He thanked and congratulated ministers, officials and essential workers on conducting the board and competitive exams of 2020 successfully even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NTA’s National Test Abhyas app helped students prepare for JEE Main and NEET, and is still useful for upcoming exams.

JEE Main 2021: Check Tentative Registration Dates, Revised Syllabus And More Details

Last updated on November 11th, 2020

Soon after announcements of class 10th and 12th board results, CBSE announced that the syllabus for the academic year 2020-21 has been reduced by 30%. Only the important topics were retained while less important and topics were removed from the curriculum. The reduction was introduced as a one-time measure due to the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and exam postponements.

This change was announced around the beginning of August. But till now, there has been no such announcement by NTA or any other governing body for JEE Main 2021. Students who are preparing for next year’s JEE Main exam have already spent more than 6 months of education considering the year starts from April 2020.JEE Main 2021

It is also expected that the January session of JEE Main will be completely scrapped in 2021. Taking CBSE’s precedent, NTA might also reduce the JEE Main 2021 Syllabus by 30% overall. Usually, JEE Main Syllabus is similar to CBSE Syllabus of both class 11th and 12th. Hence it is possible that NTA might reduce the syllabus considerably.

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It is to be noted that no official statement has been released yet by NTA or Ministry of Education yet on JEE Main 2021. The JEE Main 2021 Applications are also delayed by around 2 months as there has been no update so far. Registrations are expected to commence from 4th week of November 2020.

Tentative Reduction In Syllabus

We cannot be certain of what topics from the JEE Main 2021 syllabus would be removed by NTA. But, if going by the CBSE way, the following topics might be reduced from the syllabus in the coming days-

Topics  Expected Deleted Portions
Physics – Class 11th Click Here
Physics – Class 12th Click Here
Chemistry – Class 11th Click Here
Chemistry – Class 12th Click Here
Mathematics – Class 11th Click Here
Mathematics – Class 12th Click Here

Keep visiting our page for latest notifications and updates on JEE Main 2021. Currently, JoSAA Counselling 2020 for JEE Main and JEE Advanced candidates has been going on. Soon after this, CSAB Special Rounds will be conducted for candidates willing to join NITs, IIITs or GFTIs.

JEE Main Day 5: Check Student Reactions on Paper 1, Difficulty Level, Topics Asked

Last updated on September 5th, 2020

NTA has successfully completed 8 shifts of JEE Main 2020 from 1st to 4th September. It is day 5 and the first shift of JEE Main has begun from 9 AM. Students are required to follow all the COVID-19 Safety Protocols at the exam centres.

According to an analysis by FIITJEE and Aakash Institute experts, the level of difficulty in all shifts has been moderate in the past 4 days. Due to this, the JEE Main Cut Off is expected to be the same as the January session i.e. 85 to 90 marks.

JEE Main 2020: 5th September (Morning Shift) Paper Analysis

Students have successfully taken the Slot 1 of Day 5 for JEE Main 2020 September session. According to students, the exam was moderate to difficult for this particular slot. The JEE Main paper analysis is given below-

  • Physics section was again the toughest section. In the past session also, physics has troubled students.
  • Questions from Physics were lengthy and needed more conceptual knowledge.
  • Students were asked numerical questions in Physics, usually from Class 11th syllabus.
  • Chemistry was more inclined towards factual knowledge. Questions were asked from Chemical Bonds and Coordination compounds.
  • Reactions were mixed for Mathematics as few felt it was easy while few said it was difficult.
  • Mathematics had questions from – Conic Sections, 3D Geometry, Calculus, Vectors etc.

Overall, if a student is able to attempt 40 – 42 questions with around 85% to 90% accuracy, the qualifying cut off will be easily cleared.

JEE Main September Session Exam Analysis

Given below is the individual JEE Main Paper Analysis for past 4 days (all shifts)-

Exam Dates JEE Main Paper Analysis
September 1, 2020 B.Arch and B.Planning Paper Analysis Student Reactions 
September 2, 2020 B.E. / B.Tech Analysis & Student Reactions
September 3, 2020 Day 3 – Exam Analysis & Expert Review
September 4, 2020 Day 4 – Check Paper Analysis, Difficulty Level
September 5, 2020 Available Here
September 6, 2020 Available Soon

Other Important Updates

  • Yesterday, the Supreme Court of India rejected the review plea filed by six non-BJP states, seeking postponement of JEE Main & NEET 2020 exams. After this dismissal, both the exams are not postponing any further and shall be conducted as per schedule.
  • While many states (mostly-non BJP ruled) are reporting low attendance for JEE Main 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Ministry has clarified that on Day 3, the attendance was over 82%.

Students taking the B.Arch or B.Planning exam on Day 1 showed less interest with only 54% attendance. But the B.E / B.Tech paper beginning from Day 2 had a turnover of over 80% students. Overall, 343,858 candidates have appeared for JEE Main 2020 in the first three days.

JEE Main 2020 Won’t Postpone, Supreme Court Bench Rejects Review Plea

Last updated on September 4th, 2020

While, National Testing Agency (NTA) is conducting JEE Main 2020, the opposition states are fighting with students to postpone the entrance exams JEE Main and NEET 2020. The review plea is being heard by the Supreme Court today beginning at 1:30 PM.

The Supreme Court of India has rejected the review plea by six states. Entrance exams will not be postponed any further.  The full order will be uploaded later in the evening after which, the full verdict will be available here.


It has been reported that the plea will be heard ‘in chamber’ only. This means that there will be discussion between the judges only and no lawyers will be allowed to make any arguments.

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Six opposition states filed the review petition as the apex court rejected the plea saying that not conducting entrance exams will put the “career of students at peril.” However, no grounds were given to the COVID-19 cases that are rising every day by over 83,000 now.

A three-judge panel led by Justice Ashok Bushan is hearing the plea today. The plea was filed by the following opposition states-

  1. Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant)
  2. West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak)
  3. Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat)
  4. Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon),
  5. Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma),
  6. Punjab (B S Sidhu)

It is to be noted that JEE Main 2020 is being conducted in several shifts in a span of 6 days i.e. 1st to 6th September. Many students have also reported that there was no social distancing at the exam centres even after COVID-19 safety protocols were released by NTA.

Due to this, many students have skipped the JEE Main on Day 1 and Day 2. Check State-wise statistics

Keep checking our page for the latest update on the verdict by the Supreme Court.

JEE Main Day 4 Commences: Exam Analysis, How Tough Was Paper? Check Here

Last updated on September 4th, 2020

Students can review the exams of all previous sessions in our detailed JEE Main Paper Analysis.

NTA is conducting JEE Main 2020 while following all the COVID-19 Safety Protocols at the allocated JEE Main Exam Centres. NTA is going to release the JEE Main Answer Keys (Provisional) and Response Sheets for students to cross-verify their responses with correct answers. This will help them get an idea of their JEE Main Results.

JEE Main Day 4 Shift 1 Concluded – B.Tech Paper Analysis

The first shift of JEE Main Day 4 has concluded and the first reactions from students are out. Soon, the expert feedback on day 4, slot 1 will be out too.

Keep refreshing this page for the latest paper analysis of JEE Main 2020.

The feedback from students on the 1st Shift of Day 4 is out. Given below are some important points-

  1. The exam difficulty level was moderate to difficult.
  2. Most of the students faced difficulty in the Mathematics section. It was much more difficult than the previous 4 slots in the past 2 days.
  3. Physics was comparatively moderate. Although, students have reported that it was easier than the Jan 2020 session.
  4. The chemistry was easy as in the last few shifts. So far, there has been no shift where Chemistry was too difficult.
Section High Weightage Topics 
Maths -Coordinate Geometry

-Binomial Theorem

-Calculus

Chemistry -Inorganic Chemistry

-Chemical Bonding

-Surface Chemistry

Physics -Rotational Dynamics

– Thermodynamics

Questions were mostly formula-based.

Students’ Reactions on Day 4 Slot 1 of JEE Main (Paper 1)

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The picture above is from an exam centre in New Delhi. NTA has made special arrangements and deployed personnel to maintain social distancing outside and inside the exam halls as visible above. Students are also required to fill the self-declaration in their JEE Main Admit Cards.

JEE Main Day 4 Shift 2 Concluded – B.Tech Paper Analysis

As the shift 2 of day 4 has ended, the exam analysis based on reviews from students is out.

  • While Chemistry is usually tough, it was a bit tricky in this shift.
  • Around 4-5 questions from organic chemistry were easy to solve.
  • Physics was toughest with questions from electrostatics, kinematics, magnetism etc.
  • Few questions in Maths were tough but overall the section was moderate. The pattern of questions was similar to that of last year.

While the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the students are fighting competitive exams. It is day 4 of JEE Main 2020. All the previous JEE Main Paper Analysis are provided in the table below.

JEE Main September Session Exam Analysis

Exam Dates JEE Main Overall Paper Analysis
September 1, 2020 B.Arch and B.Planning Paper Analysis
Student Feedback
September 2, 2020 B.E. / B.Tech Analysis & Student Reactions
September 3, 2020 Day 3 – Exam Analysis & Expert Review
September 4, 2020 Available Here 
September 5, 2020 Available Soon
September 6, 2020 Available Soon

NTA has assured safety measures and exam guidelines amid COVID-19. However, students are still worried and skipping this attempt of JEE Main 2020. Various states have reported low attendance from students, asking for re-examination. Check State-wise Statistics

In a major turnout, the statistics in Assam had a good jump on 4th September. More than 75% students took the exam in both shifts. However, overall, there are more than 1 lakh registered candidates who did not attend the exam.

JEE Main 2020 Day 3 Starts, Check B.E / B.Tech 3rd Sept Paper Analysis

Last updated on September 3rd, 2020

The day 3 of JEE Main 2020 has concluded. Students can check the exam analysis of the 1st and 2nd shift of the B.Tech paper. Based on this paper analysis, students can prepare for coming shifts accordingly.

Students’ Reactions and Experts Analysis will also be available for Day 4 in a detailed JEE Main Paper Analysis.

NTA has been conducting JEE Main 2020 as per the COVID-19 Safety Protocols at all exam centres. Soon after the exams are concluded on 6th September, NTA will release the JEE Main Answer Keys (Provisional) for students to check their scores.

JEE Main Day 3 Shift 2 Concluded – B.Tech Paper Analysis

The shift 2 of JEE Main Day 3 has concluded and the exam was successfully conducted by NTA. There were no reports of glitches at exam centres.

  • Overall the exam was moderate to difficult for this shift.
  • Mathematics section was moderate and lengthy. Questions were asked from vectors and calculus.
  • Physics was toughest, with very tricky numerical value questions. A few hard questions were asked from Kinematics and Thermodynamics.
  • Chemistry was easy for a large number of candidates. Questions were asked directly from NCERT textbooks.
  • A few questions were also of a similar pattern as last year.

Students’ Reactions on Day 3 Slot 2 of JEE Main (Paper 1)

Many students have reported improper management at exam centres with no social distancing. This could risk a high spread of COVID-19 at exam centres.


On the other hand, few students also reported that authority was able to conduct the exam with proper guidelines and complete social distancing even outside the exam halls.

JEE Main Day 3 Shift 1 Concluded – B.Tech Paper Analysis

Students have started giving their feedback on 1st Shift of Day 3. Given below are some points-

  1. The exam difficulty level was moderate.
  2. Most of the students faced difficulty in the Physics section. It was moderate to difficult compared to Slot 2 of Day 2.
  3. Mathematics was toughest, as against expectations from previous shifts. Although, it was easier than Jan 2020 session.
  4. The chemistry was also easy to moderate. So far, the Chemistry section has been easy in all past shifts.

JEE Main Day 3, Slot 1 Analysis by Experts

According to the head of FIITJEE, Ramesh Batlish, the question paper of Slot 1 was much easier than the January 2020 session. He said, “Candidates faced troubles while solving Maths section. Chemistry section had an equivalent weightage from all main topics. It was easier than expected. Physics was moderate but everyone had issues due to lengthy numerical.”

From Aakash Institute, Ajay Kumar also had a similar opinion. He said, “Both Maths and Physics were tricky and had long numerical questions. Chemistry had only fact-based questions, which took seconds to solve. The JEE Main Cut Off can go around 80 to 90, similar to the previous session.”

Students’ Reactions on Day 3 Slot 1 of JEE Main (Paper 1)

Nehal Saxena, a student appearing for Slot 1, said that according to her 60% questions were from Class 11th topics. She added, “Numerical based questions were very lengthy. While other questions were direct knowledge-based. I felt Maths very tough, and Physics moderate.”

Another aspirant Sahil said, “I took the January 2020 session too. This exam was easier than the January session. Although, all three sections were a bit longer than I expected. I think cut off can go around 85 to 90 for this session.”

JEE Main September Session Exam Analysis

Exam Dates JEE Main Overall Paper Analysis
September 1, 2020 Shift 1 and Shift 2 Analysis
Student Reactions
September 2, 2020 Shift 1 and Shift 2 Analysis + Student Reactions
September 3, 2020 Shift 1 and Shift 2 Analysis + Expert Analysis (Available Above)
September 4, 2020 Available Soon
September 5, 2020 Available Soon
September 6, 2020 Available Soon

Even though NTA has assured complete safety and exam guidelines to prevent COVID-19, students have been skipping JEE Main 2020. Centre Coordinators from various states have reported a low attendance in the past 2 days of JEE Main 2020. Check State-wise Statistics

Low Attendance for JEE Main 2020, Check State-wise Statistics

Last updated on September 3rd, 2020

The risk of spread of COVID-19 has forced many students to skip the JEE Main 2020 April/September session. Even though NTA has not released the official statistics yet, the trends at various exam centres show that more than 40% students have skipped the entrance exam in the current session.

Attendance for the April/September 2020 session has been low at almost all exam centres. The numbers are contrary to the claims from the Education Ministry or NTA, who said students want to take the exam as more than 80% of the students have downloaded their JEE Main Admit Cards.

Statistics for Day 1 and Day 2 from various states-

  1. Gujarat – For Day 1, 3020 students were registered for B.Arch and B.Planning Papers. However, 1664 (55%) took the exam, while 45% candidates skipped. The centre’s coordinator for Gujarat said that 25-30% students skip the exam every year, but this year it’s 15% higher.
  2. Odisha – The attendance at Odisha has been better than most. Around 3,600 candidates appeared for the JEE Main exam on Day 1. Total of 38,200 candidates have registered who will be appearing in various shifts from 1st to 6th September.
  3. Assam – Attendance at Assam for JEE Main 2020 was only around 50%. Assam only had 6 exam centres allocated state-wide. As per an NTA official, in Guwahati, only 200 students took the exam out of 600 registered candidates. 12,803 candidates have registered for JEE Main in Assam. The flood situation on top of COVID-19 has made it worse for residents of Assam.
  4. Punjab – Ludhiana, the largest city in Punjab, also had a poor response. The number of attendees were only 178 out of 388 registered candidates. For the January 2020 session, the number was much higher at 1400.
  5. Rajasthan – According to reports from Rajasthan, 1079 students were present (62%) and 667 students were absent (38%) in 1st shift. While for the 2nd shift, 681 were absent (43%) and 897 were present (57%). Overall, 1348 (68%) students skipped the exams in Rajasthan.
  6. West Bengal – The CM of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee said that 75% students skipped the JEE Main exam, even after all necessary arrangements as per central government guidelines. She said, “Out of 4,652 candidates, only 1,167 could appear for JEE Main.” Mamta Banerjee had been against conducting JEE Main and NEET exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. Uttar Pradesh – As per the stats from Lucknow, UP, only 56% could appear for JEE Main amid the fears of COVID-19. Out of 1065 applicants, 597 appeared for the exam on Day 1. Read More

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BJP’s Subramanian Swamy has taken the side of students on this issue. He had recently tweeted that Ministry of Education must release the info of how many students attended the JEE Main exam.


The statistics from all other states of the country have been similar with low attendance from students. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh government have pledged to provide free conveyance to students who are unable to travel to their exam centres. IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay Alumni have also launched EduRide portal to help students reach exam centres.

On the other hand, COVID-19 has taken more than 67,000 lives in India so far. The most deaths have been among the older age groups of 50+. Usually, young individuals are prone to becoming carriers of COVID-19, as they are asymptomatic for quite a long time. This is the major reason, students are skipping various entrance exams this year.

JEE Main Day 1: 44% Applicants In Lucknow Absent Amid COVID-19 Fears

Last updated on September 2nd, 2020

As per the reports from centre coordinators of Lucknow, 597 candidates out of 1065 applicants appeared for Day 1 of JEE Main 2020. September 1st was allocated for B.Arch and B.Planning papers of JEE Main. Lucknow city had a low attendance of only 56% as 469 applicants did not take the exams amid the fears of COVID-19.

According to official data-

  • For the first shift, 224 out of 528 applicants did not take the exam (42.4%).
  • For the second shift, 245 out of 537 candidates skipped the exam (45.6%).

Previous year, the rate was much less around 15-20% only.

Candidates who appeared at exam centres in Lucknow were from nearby districts such as Unnao, Rae Bareli, Barabanki. They said that many fear the risk of COVID-19 spread during travel. Hence, they decided to skip the exams. Students who attended the exam centres were also concerned on coming, but felt much satisfied due to proper management and following of COVID-19 Safety Protocols at exam centres.

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A candidate named Anupriya Gupta said, “I travelled from Hardoi to Lucknow. The exam centre is in the outskirts of the city which is difficult to reach easily. However, outside exam halls there was not a heavy crowd and COVID-19 guidelines were being followed strictly. I was pacified.”

“I was in panic while travelling to the exam centre. I was asked to walk through a sanitization tunnel similar to other candidates. The examiners were wearing PPE Kits after which I was relieved,” said Akshat from Rae Bareli.

Many students were fearing the spread of COVID-19 due to improper management at various exams like KCET and the entrance exam of BHU. The pictures showed heavy crowds with no social distancing outside exam centres. Till now, no such report has come out for NTA’s exam centres for JEE Main 2020.