2020 JEE-Main, JEE-Advanced, and NEET postponed: Check new dates here
The 2020 Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examinations have been postponed in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Friday announced that based on an expert panel's recommendations, it has been decided that these engineering and medical entrances will be deferred until September. Here are more details on the new exam dates.
Here are the new dates for JEE-Main, JEE-Advanced, NEET
The JEE-Main exam, which was supposed to be held from July 18 to 23, has now been scheduled to be conducted between September 1 and 6. On the other hand, the JEE-Advanced, which was scheduled for August 23, will now be held on September 27. Meanwhile, the NEET entrance, which was to be conducted on July 26, has been postponed to September 13.
We have decided to postpone JEE and NEET examinations: Minister
Pokhriyal took to Twitter to announce the decision on conducting JEE and NEET exams. He tweeted, "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," he added.
Here's what Pokhriyal posted on Twitter
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
NTA DG-led panel submitted recommendations to Pokhriyal
The much-awaited decision to postpone JEE and NEET exams came after a panel, headed by the Director-General of National Testing Agency (NTA), Vineet Joshi, and comprising other experts, reviewed the COVID-19 situation and submitted recommendations to Minister Pokhriyal. Lakhs of aspirants and parents have been requesting the government to postpone these entrance exams, expressing concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases in India.
These entrances have been postponed for the second time
Notably, this is the second time that these key engineering and medical entrances have been postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. To recall, the JEE-Main was originally scheduled to be held from April 7-11, NEET on May 3, and JEE-Advanced on May 17.
A little about JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced
The JEE consists of Main and Advanced exams - the most popular engineering entrances. JEE-Main, conducted twice a year by the NTA, is for admission to NITs, IIITs, and other GFTIs. It also serves as a screening test for JEE-Advanced. JEE-Advanced is the only gateway for admission to the prestigious IITs. It's conducted by one of the seven old IITs on a rotational basis.
About the NEET medical entrance
The NEET (UG) is a national medical entrance exam conducted for admitting students to MBBS, BDS, and other undergraduate medical courses. This year, over 16 lakh candidates have registered to appear for this exam, which will also be conducted by the NTA.