JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 exam dates have been postponed, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced
JEE Main 2020 examination will now be held between September 1-6, JEE Advanced exam will be held on September 27 & NEET 2020 exam date will be September 13, announced Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.The revision in JEE Main 2020, NEET 2020 exam dates are based on recommendations of a panel Pokhriyal had set up on July 2 to review the situation for conducting the examinations. Parents and students had begun rallying against the National Testing Agency to clarify on NEET exam date 2020 and for JEE Main 2020 news.
Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept. pic.twitter.com/klTjtBxvuw
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 3, 2020
JEE 2020 is the entrance examinations for admission into engineering institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other technical institutes. that are the entrance examinations for admissions into the engineering and undergraduate medical courses.
Union minister of human resource development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that this decision has been taken keeping in mind safety of students.
"As promised earlier, I have released the new dates. NTA has deferred the examination considering the Coronavirus outbreak. Safety of students and quality of education is our priority. I hope you will use this additional time to prepare for these examinations without any anxiety," he added.
NEET and JEE was originally scheduled to be held in May 2020. These were rescheduled to be held in July 2020 after COVID-19 outbreak led to a nationwide lockdown.
Unlike the CBSE board examinations for Class X and XII which were cancelled to prevent infection spread due to the virus, cancellation of entrance examinations like JEE and NEET are not feasible.
Close to 1 million students give JEE Main examinations every year and even this year about 9,35,000 students have registered for JEE Main 2020. Every year, only about 12,000 seats are available across IITs.
It is anticipated that students who had planned to go abroad for higher education this year may also have applied for JEE Main since popular study destinations like United States and United Kingdom have been badly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
NTA which administers JEE had in fact, reopened the application process between May 19-24, 2020 to enable more students to apply.
When it comes to NEET, almost 1.5 million students register every year to seek admission into undergraduate courses at medical colleges. Only 50,000 odd seats are available for students.
Considering that these tests will now be held in September 2020, the final results could be declared by October 2020. Hence, it is likely that students can join the engineering and medical instututes of their choice by November 2020.The academic calendar for medical courses and engineering courses for 2020 would have to be suitably amended due to the delay in these tests.