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Supreme Court Rejects Plea On JEE Main, Says “Career of Students Under Peril”

The Supreme Court of India heard the PILs filed for and against the postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plea was heard by the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra of the Supreme Court, who announced the final verdict. As per the decision, the plea seeking postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020 was rejected by the Supreme Court. Both the exams will now be conducted as per the schedule in September 2020.

Live Updates on Supreme Court Hearing

12:07 PM: The SC Judges Bench dismissed the petition to postpone JEE Main & NEET exams. According to the final order of the Supreme Court bench, the exams cannot be delayed any further as “Career of students will be put under peril”.

12:06 PM: Advocate Alok says the Prime Minister mentioned in his 15th Aug speech that a vaccine for COVID-19 is coming soon. Not seeking to postpone the exams indefinitely but only until some time.

Also Read | Students of 11 States Move To SC Demanding JEE Main Postponement Amid COVID-19

12:05 PM: On behalf of NTA, Solicitor General, Mr Tushar Mehta, assured that exams will be conducted with adequate measures/precautions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

12:02 PM: Justice Arun Mishra states that not conducting exams will be a loss to the country. Students will lose the entire academic year.

12:01 PM: “Life should move on even during COVID-19. How can we just stop the exam? We must move on”, says Justice Arun Mishra over plea seeking a postponement.

12:00 PM: Justice Arun Mishra addressed that there are two PILs filed for and against the postponement of the entrance exams JEE Main and NEET. One seeking postponement and one seeking conduct without any delay.

11:57 AM: Hearing for JEE Main, NEET Exam Dates begins

Must Read – Now Parents File Petition at SC to Ensure JEE Main 2020 is Conducted as Per Schedule

NTA Delays Release of JEE Main Admit Card 2020 Due To PILs

According to the official notice from NTA, the dates for downloading JEE Main Admit Card 2020 were to be displayed 15 days prior to the exam dates. Meanwhile, JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates were revised to 1st – 6th September 2020.

Considering the gap, admit cards for the delayed April 2020 session were likely to be issued on 15th August 2020. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple PILs filed in the Supreme Court demanding postponement of JEE Main and NEET (UG) have delayed the announcement of admit cards for JEE Main. The apex court will hear these pleas likely on August 17th 2020.

“Conduct JEE Main Only After Normalcy Is Restored”

The plea demanding postponement was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava. It mentioned that “Conducting the entrance exams all over India at such perilous times will endanger the lives of millions of students at utmost risk and danger of disease and death.” The plea asked that it would be best to conduct the entrance exams only after the “normalcy is restored” after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As against the plea filed demanding postponement, there was a plea filed in favour of conducting JEE Main and NEET exams as per the schedule, without any further delay. The Supreme Court of India will hear both the pleas.

Even though the plea has been filed, there hasn’t been any statement from NTA regarding what steps might be taken in terms of conducting or delaying the JEE Main 2020. As soon as the SC bench passes its judgement, the conducting body might take quick actions.

So, here’s how to download JEE Main Admit Card-

  1. Head to the official website – jeemain.nta.ac.in
  2. Click on “JEE Main Admit Card Download”
  3. Enter your Registration Number and DOB or Registration Number and Password.
  4. Enter the captcha as provided.
  5. Click submit and your admit card will appear.
  6. Use the print option or click on the download button to save the admit card as PDF.

It is suggested to read the guidelines for exam centres properly. NTA might even release the guidelines separately to bring the attention of students on code of conduct amid the COVID-19 pandemic.