The postponement of Class XII exams by the CBSE and State Councils can have a cascading effect on the timing of the joint entrance examination (main) and JEE (advanced) and national admissibility test ( U G). While no official announcement has yet been made, reviews may also be postponed due to the surge in covid-19 cases.
Both JEE and NEET (UG) levels are high stakes entrance exams for admission to engineering and medical schools. While the third session of JEE Main was scheduled to take place the last week of April and the fourth session was scheduled to take place in May, the JEE Advanced is scheduled for July and NEET (UG) on August 1.
“The main entrance to JEE scheduled for the end of April will probably be postponed. Authorities are reviewing the situation and a final appeal on this is likely in the coming days, “said a government official, requesting anonymity. Since the CBSE Class XII exam is unlikely until the second week of June , the JEE Advanced and NEET (UG) exam could also be delayed, the official added.
“To what extent and to what extent remains to be determined, but its impact will be there. The government believes students shouldn’t be stressed out when the country is in the throes of a second wave, ”the official said, adding that the postponement of the board and NEET (PG) exams is a clear signal.
The exponential rise in covid-19 cases has prompted the central and state governments to postpone exams before the peak of the school and higher education entrance exam season.
The Center canceled the class X board exams and postponed the class XII exams. At least nine other state councils, including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, have postponed or canceled council exams. The International Baccalaureate Council has also canceled class XII exams for its affiliated schools.
The Union Health Ministry postponed the NEET (PG) exams for admission to master’s programs at most private and government medical schools on Thursday, three days ahead of schedule. “In light of the surge in # COVID19 cases, the GoI has decided to postpone the NEETPG2021 review, which was previously scheduled to take place on April 18. The next date will be decided later,” the Minister of Health tweeted, Harsh Vardhan.
“No formal decision has yet been taken regarding the JEE Advanced exam, but relevant officials are in contact with the Department of Education and the National Testing Agency (NTA),” said a senior professor at IIT , in search of anonymity.
The JEE Advanced manager did not answer calls or texts on his cell phone. The director general of the NTA also did not respond to calls or text messages on his cell phone. A spokesperson for the Education Ministry said the NTA is reviewing the situation and no official decision has yet been made.