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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.
COVID-19 pandemic has hit the education sector hard. Schools and Colleges are shut, along with various coaching institutes. Entrance Exams for engineering and medical courses have been postponed twice since the COVID-19 pandemic started. JEE Main 2020 was recently postponed until 1st to 6th September 2020. Considering the delay in the academic year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has planned to review the possibility of conducting JEE Main 2021 January session.
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Beginning in 2019, NTA started conducting JEE Main twice – the first session in January and the second session in April. But 2020 has been a setback and the possibility of conducting the second session of JEE Main seems very low. JEE Main April 2020 has been postponed twice since COVID-19 outbreak in March. The postponing has shifted the academic year by over 5 months now. Due to this delay, NTA wants to review the January 2021 session of JEE Main.
Decision To Be Taken After Schools Reopen
As per the statement by a senior-level officer from the HRD Ministry, “NTA will be taking a call on JEE Main January 2021, after the schools reopen. The decision will depend upon the prevailing situation of COVID-19 in the country. NTA will also have to consider board exams too, whether it is possible to conduct boards in February 2021.”
It was also said that any further delay in reopening the schools or conducting other school-level exams will also shape (or delay) the time-table of JEE Main 2021 and NEET (UG) 2021. Some other exams conducted by NTA on the graduate level might also be affected such as the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) and others. These exams are usually conducted during the end of January considering the colleges start their admission process for PG courses around March and April.
Students are advised to stay calm, keep checking the official website for regular updates on JEE Main. And do not forget to wash your hands regularly!
Soon after the announcement of postponing the JEE Main 2020 exam, NTA has provided yet another chance for JEE Main Application Form Correction. The JEE Main Form Correction Facility has been re-opened by the NTA from 4th July to 15th July 2020. Considering the urgency due to COVID-19, JEE Main Admit Card might be released after the correction window is closed. As per the public notice by NTA, JEE Main Admit Card will be released 15 days prior to the exam.
On demand from various candidates regarding correction in Candidate Particulars & choice of Centre Cities in Online Application Forms for JEE Main 2020, the facility for corrections will be operational on https://t.co/BvicBSZUWZ from 4th – 15th July. pic.twitter.com/4zEbZx4Okc
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 3, 2020
With this form correction window too, candidates will be allowed to update their exam center preferences. The window shall accept changes only up to 5:00 PM on 15th July 2020 and accept payments (if required) till 11:50 PM. Any additional fee can be paid via Credit/Debit Card, Net banking, UPI and Paytm/Online Wallets.
In order to access the JEE Main 2020 Form Correction Window-
- Head over to jeemain.nta.nic.in
- Click on the ‘JEE (Main) 2020 Application Form Correction’ button
- A new window will open, where click on ‘Click here to login’
- Enter the credentials, and click on ‘Sign In’
- Now you can make edits to your JEE Main Application Form 2020.
- After completing necessary changes, click on ‘Submit’.
- Pay the ‘Correction Fee’ and download the updated application form.
JEE Main 2020 April Session has been postponed until 1st to 6th September 2020. Students have been raising questions on whether this time gap will be enough for the government to reduce the COVID-19 cases in India. Should the government postpone exams even further? Post your comments below and stay safe!
COVID-19 cases are surging every day. Daily cases have crossed 20,000 on two consecutive days. During such a fatal pandemic, it is questionable whether conducting JEE Main 2020 is important or not. There is a deep impact on mental health of students due to lockdowns and the negative news. MHRD has postponed the second session of JEE Main 2020 till 1st September 2020. September is almost 2 months away from today i.e. 4th July. Will there be any progress in controlling the spread by the end of August? Academic session has already been delayed by over 3 months. And now, by over 5 months. That is almost half a year. Could this degrade the quality of education?
Why September 2020?
The Ministry of Human Resources Development set up the committee to postpone the JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020. Director General of NTA, Vineet Joshi, chaired this committee. Suggestions from this committee were taken by the MHRD and the JEE Main exam was postponed from July to September 2020. A large number of exam centres still fall in the containment zones. Considering this, postponing the exams was unavoidable. As per the reports, around 40 exam centres of JEE Main are still under containment zones. More than 1 lakh candidates have preferred these exam centres.
September seemed like a safest and earliest bet. NTA confirmed with the service agency responsible for online exam centres, if September 2020 would be feasible for the exams. After confirmation, recommendations were submitted to the government.
There seems to be no proper explanation to why September dates were chosen. Many students were of the opinion that by the end of August, there will be even more requests to cancel the exams completely. ICAI has decided to scrap their May 2020 attempt of CA exams. The exams will now be conducted in November 2020. Something here to notice is that around 3 to 4 lakh students appear for CA IPCC and CA Final exams. While JEE Main has more than 10 lakh applicants. With high numbers, risk of infection is also pretty high.
What about JEE Main 2020 Results?
JEE Main 2020 will be an online, computer-based exam. The JEE Main Result can be published within a week of conducting the exam. But considering the high delay caused by the pandemic, NTA might even publish the JEE Main Result within 5 days of the exam. On the other hand, NEET 2020 is conducted in pen-paper mode. Considering the urgency, NTA could publish the NEET result within 20 days of the exam.
But what about JEE Advanced Results?
IIT-Delhi is responsible for conducting JEE Advanced 2020. Similar to JEE Main, it will also be a computer-based online exam. Considering the delay, JEE Advanced Results could be declared within 7 to 8 days of the exam. JEE Advanced has been rescheduled for 27th September 2020.
Impact on Academic Calendar of 2021
This is something very intricate and requires a better planning and understanding. The academic calendar for 2021 has been delayed for students by over 5 months. For students who will be joining the first year of college, they are almost 4 months behind schedule. If students are forced to study the complete curriculum, it will turn out to be very difficult with little time left. This will put them under pressure, when many are already facing anxiety over admissions.
The government seems to be aiming at completing the counselling and admission process of JEE Main 2020 by the mid of November 2020. With JEE Advanced 2020 at the end of Sept 2020, colleges would fill the seats during counselling in October. By the end of November or start of December 2020, students could start their classes. Will colleges push the academic calendars further? Education is important and most course curriculums start with basics. Without proper knowledge, would it not degrade the education quality of the country? More questions are to be answered. Students can do nothing but patiently wait. Please be safe and wash your hands!
After multiple tweets and requests from the students, the HRD Ministry has given some relief to the students. Considering the prevailing situation and floods of requests from parents and students, MHRD has set up a committee consisting of Director General of NTA and other experts. This committee will assess the situation for appearing for JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. HRD Ministry seeks response on this by tomorrow i.e. 3rd July 2020. This date is also being anticipated as the date for the release of JEE Main Admit Cards.
Announcement of forming this panel was tweeted in a video message by Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He addressed the students, parents and teachers, who have been requesting a response for several days due to the rising COVID-19 cases. He also said that after the recommendations from the committee, a decision on postponing or conducting JEE Main, as well as NEET, will be taken.
Looking at the prevailing circumstances & requests received from students & parents appearing for #JEE & #NEET examinations, a committee consisting of @DG_NTA & other experts has been advised to review the situation & submit its recommendations to @HRDMinistry latest by tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/xByKLUqAIc
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 2, 2020
Students were mostly happy about this response as it was their first victory on the regular online protests. More than 2.5 lakh tweets have been posted on #NoExamsInCovid and the most recent trend on twitter was #RIPNTA on the ‘dead’ response on this situation.
Approximately, 11 lakh students will be appearing for JEE Main 2020. Three papers are to be conducted within a period of 1 week, with two shifts daily. Around 2.5 lakh students qualifying JEE Main will also be required to appear for JEE Advanced in order to get admission to IITs. What do you think the government is going to decide? Post your comments below.
While students are continuously requesting to cancel or postpone the JEE Main 2020, the government seems unaffected. However, CBSE and ICSE cancelled their board exams due to the rising tension of parents and students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, NTA or Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has not issued any statement regarding the JEE Main 2020 or NEET (UG) 2020. This could mean that the JEE Main Admit Card will be released soon. Or maybe even in the first week of July 2020. The best explanation for this could be the removal of image correction window at the official website of JEE Main (see image below). This could mean that NTA is not accepting any other changes that could reflect in your admit card.
Expected Date for JEE Main Admit Card
In a previous notice issued by NTA, it was stated that the admit cards for JEE Main shall be issued 15 days prior to the examination. Considering the exam is scheduled from 18th to 23rd July, the admit cards can be issued much likely around 3rd July 2020. Thus, candidates and parents are advised to keep themselves posted by visiting the official website of JEE Main 2020 – jeemain.nta.nic.in. Make sure all the prerequisites are ready such as Registration Number, Date of Birth, Password for Login Portal. Candidates must also have access to their registered email address and mobile number in case of any emergencies.
JEE Main Exam Centre Guidelines amid COVID-19
NTA Director, Vineet Joshi, has already assured that all the important precautions will be taken by the authorities at the exam centres. Candidates will be communicated with proper guidelines on social distancing and other measures. Along with this, the new guidelines will also be printed on the JEE Main Admit Card. Both students and parents will be required to follow the guidelines.
Many are still hoping that the second session of JEE Main 2020 will be postponed or cancelled. Unlock 2.0 guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to the guidelines, any large gathering remains prohibited. Schools and colleges are also to remain closed until 31st July 2020. The outcome of any decision has a much bigger impact on the lives of students. Use our comment box below to discuss more on this topic!
COVID-19 is not going to slow down anytime soon. Daily new cases reached a new high of close to 20,000 recently. Considering the risks, CBSE cancelled the boards for Class 10th and 12th. CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) has also been postponed until an unannounced date. For class 12th boards, it has been clarified that students will have the option to take the cancelled exams to improve their score. However, CBSE shall conduct the exams only when the conditions are favourable. Students are asking to consider this as a precedent and postpone JEE Main 2020 as well.
Each and every tweet by Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and National Testing Agency (NTA) is flooded with replies requesting postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020. On 26th June 2020, in an interview with Zee News, Mr Pokhriyal stated that JEE Main 2020 is scheduled for 18th to 23rd July only. Any further decision on the dates of JEE Main will be taken in accordance with the circumstances in future. This statement comes when there is less than a month left for JEE Main 2020 amid the rising coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, students are still tweeting with hashtags #NoExamsInCovid and #PostponeJEE
Sir @DrRPNishank Why you are making suspense regarding the dates of exams 😓, if you want to postpone or not to postpone please clarify ..we are veryconfusede and we are not able to focus in our studies. PLEASE🙏
@ugc_india @HRDMinistry @SanjayDhotreMP @AmitShah @narendramodi
— manishrattan (@manishrattan3) June 26, 2020
Isn’t safety of students attending competitive exams a matter of national importance too. Then why isn’t any national leader talking about it #postponejee #PostponeNEETandJEE @narendramodi @DrRPNishank
— Parantap Parmar (@ParantapParmar) June 27, 2020
Students and parents are concerned about their safety as the coronavirus poses a great risk of infection in large crowds. Moreover, some students have lost their family members to this disease. This has affected the mental health of students and they are not in a position to attempt the exam due to stress or depression. MHRD and NTA have not issued any clarification or any official announcement on the dates of JEE Main 2020. All social media channels are being used to seek answers from the authorities regarding postponing the aforesaid exam to safeguard students from the fatal COVID-19.
— Shubham Parashar (@Parashar06000) June 27, 2020
It is to be noted that around 11 lakh candidates have registered for JEE Main 2020 which will be conducted in 233 cities and in over 2000 exam centres. Although the exam is scheduled under various shifts over a period of one week, a large gathering of students can post a great risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The bigger risk is infection from children to their parents as COVID-19 is more fatal in older aged patients.
Currently, JEE Main has been postponed by over 3 months from April to July 2020 amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Along with this, JEE Advanced 2020 was also postponed and is now scheduled for 23rd August 2020. Postponing the second session of JEE Main 2020 poses questions over the validity of the January session of JEE Main as well. Students are worried about their health, but what could be the outcome of losing 1 year of education?
A large number of students, parents and guardians have been requesting National Testing Agency (NTA) and HRD Ministry for the postponement of JEE Main exam dates. The Supreme Court’s hearing is scheduled for Tuesday (23rd June) over a petition filed by parents. They are requesting the government to cancel the class 12th CBSE examinations. After the central govt’s reply, the HRD Ministry and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare might be pushing the JEE Main and other exam dates further upon reviewing the prevailing situation of the COVID crisis.
Meanwhile, students and meme pages started trending #NoExamsInCovid on Twitter. A large number of students from class 10th, 12th and even college students are requesting authorities to either cancel the exams or push the exam dates further. The National Students Union of India supported this trend and has already made a breakthrough. Madhya Pradesh government has allowed general promotion of UG and PG students of state government colleges.
Exams are supposed to evaluate students based on what they have learnt during their classes.
If students haven’t been able to attend the classes, especially online classes, how is examination justified ?#NoExamsInCovid
— NSUI (@nsui) June 22, 2020
मेरे बच्चों #COVID19 से उत्पन्न विपरीत परिस्थितियों में मैंने आपके हित में कुछ फैसले किये हैं। स्नातक प्रथम एवं द्वितीय वर्ष तथा स्नातकोत्तर द्वितीय सेमेस्टर के परीक्षार्थियों को गत वर्ष/सेमेस्टर या आंतरिक मूल्यांकन के आधार पर अगली कक्षा या सेमेस्टर में प्रवेश दिया जायेगा।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) June 22, 2020
There has been a chorus of voices amid the COVID-19 crisis on conducting exams. Previously, hashtags like #HealthOverExams and #StudentsLivesMatter has been trending on Twitter too. The trend picked up pace when upon the reports of the apex court’s hearing of the petition filed by parents. While some students are worried about the spread of Coronavirus upon conducting the exam at large, some are under mental pressure due to families being treated with COVID-19. There are multiple students who have someone close in their family being treated for COVID-19 which has hampered their studies.
Father of my friend in varanasi has been tested +ve for covid-19.He is also preparing for neet exams.Only him and his mother are there in the house,how is it possible to study after such issues?
Please grant equal opportunity to each one of us.#postponeneet #HealthOverNEETjee
— Dipu Singh (@DipuSin09955727) June 23, 2020
Almost every tweet of Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Education Minister of India, gathers replies on postponing the JEE Main 2020, NEET 2020 and other exams. The JEE Main exam is currently scheduled for 18th to 23rd July 2020 which is still a month away. The number of COVID-19 cases in India has recently crossed 4.4 lacs with each successive day breaking the record of the daily cases.
Amidst the alarming rise of coronavirus cases in India, the aspirants and their well-wishers are urging the government to postpone JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020. While JEE Main is conducted for admission in first year Engineering and other professional courses, NEET is held for admission in first year MBBS, BDS, BUMS, BHMS, and other medical courses. NTA has already rescheduled the tests once owing to the pandemic outbreak and the consequent nationwide lockdown on March 24, 2020.
— Motor Animation (@Motor_Animation) June 8, 2020
It was predicted earlier that the pandemic fury will ease in July and eventually, the lockdown will be completely uplifted. On the contrary, the situation seems to worsen and the COVID -19 curve is way far from getting flattened. Also, the experts are warning that India will witness its coronavirus peak in July.
Hence, the aspirants are raising voices for this on-going concern. Various online petitions have been signed and the mass is using social media platforms to insist on the government to act upon this. In fact, hashtags like #HealthOverExams, #postponeneet2020 and #postponejee2020 are trending on Twitter. The hashtag #HealthOverExams has received approximately 120,000 messages as of 11:15 PM, Wednesday.
Some of those tweets are as follows:
This is a very true and real situation that can happen Sir @DrRPNishank Just in the same way people aren’t welcoming migrant labours from Maharashtra, similarly they would let us peacefully return home. Please #postponeneet #HealthOverExams https://t.co/mIX8JbPdJy
— Alingon D’Rozario (@AlingonDRozario) June 10, 2020
#HealthOverExams @DrRPNishank @PMOIndia we respect our leaders… But.. The decision of conducting such a big exams like jee nd neet in this worst situation is absolutely wrong if.. Uh think those who r tweeting here hav’nt prepared for exams then u misunderstood 🙏
— Tarun Ganiger (@GanigerTarun) June 10, 2020
However, NTA has not yet commented on these hashtags going viral. As of now, the exams will be conducted as scheduled. As per the rescheduling done, JEE Main will be conducted from July 18 – July 23, 2020, and NEET 2020 will be conducted on 26th July 2020.
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Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal instructed NTA to postpone the major examinations to be held in April till the last week of May 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 disease spread due to coronavirus. He also tweeted that students should utilize this time by studying as much as possible while staying home safely during the nationwide lockdown of 21 days.
Since Parents and Students have to travel to different examination centres, to avoid any inconvenience to them, I have directed National Testing Agency @DG_NTA to postpone NEET (UG) 2020 and JEE(Main) till last week of May. pic.twitter.com/loji50ZQq3
— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) March 27, 2020
A notice regarding the same was published on NEET (UG) – 2020 official website. There has been no official notification regarding this on JEE Main 2020 official website. But it is pretty much evident that the examination cannot be held until the lockdown is over. Considering the tweet by Union HRD Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, JEE Main 2020 April Session shall be held around the end of May 2020.
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There has been no word regarding JEE Advance 2020 from IIT Delhi, the conducting body for JEE Advance 2020 or HRD Ministry. It is scheduled for 17th May 2020. Judging by the current scenario, JEE Advance 2020 could be postponed until mid-June 2020.
What should candidates do in this situation?
- First, follow the guidelines, stay calm and stay home.
- You have an opportunity to work even harder. Use the time you have, to improve your weak topics.
- Be healthy at all times. Health is important and very important at this moment. Risking your health might affect your immunity and you might lose the opportunity to even attend the exam at a later date.
- Keep visiting the official website of JEE Main 2020. You will get all updates through the notifications published on the website.
- Check your emails. NTA notifies candidates through SMS and emails.