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NEET, JEE 2020 Exam Highlights | SC dismisses review petition seeking postponement of exams

NEET, JEE LIVE Updates | Data released by the Ministry of Education has revealed that 1,14,563 of the total 4,58,521 students who had registered for the JEE (Main) 2020, did not appear for the exams in the first 3 days.


The Supreme Court (SC) on September 4 dismissed a review petition by six opposition-ruled states seeking postponement of the JEE and NEET examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The remaining JEE-Mains will be held as scheduled on September 5 and 6, and the NEET will be conducted on September 13.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari heard the review petition during an in-chamber consideration, which began at 1.30 pm. In-chamber hearings are not open to the public and the media.

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The SC had on the August 17 dismissed pleas to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled in September.  Six states - Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra - had challenged the top court's order.

The said the top court failed to ensure students' Right to Life and security, and ignored "teething logistical difficulties" in conducting the exams in September.

Also read: JEE Main, NEET 2020 exam: How to stay COVID-19 safe

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava on September 4 wrote a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' to increase the number of attempts for JEE Main from 2 to 3 or more.

JEE-Mains have already begun across the country from September 1, with guidelines for maintaining social distance minimising contact.

PTI reported that on the third day of the JEE-Mains, 82.14 percent of the registered candidates appeared for the examination, as against 54.67 percent on the first day.

858,000 candidates have registered for the JEE Main in 2020, and 1.59 million candidates have registered for NEET (UG).

"As Supreme Court strikes down blatant attempt by the opposition to prey on students’ anxieties, candidates themselves, who are currently appearing for JEE, realise that government has made good arrangements for exams, and the opposition was merely using them as political props," BJP IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya said in a tweet.

Data released by the Ministry of Education has revealed that 1,14,563 of the total 4,58,521 students who had registered for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Mains 2020, did not appear for the exams in the first three days. Only 54.67 percent candidates appeared on day one, 81 percent on day two, and 82 percent on day three.
First Published on Sep 4, 2020 08:00 am
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