The JEE and NEET UG entrance examinations for the year 2020 have been further postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced the decision to further postpone the exams due to a jump in cases due to the deadly virus.
The JEE Main examination is now scheduled to take place between September 1 to September 6. The JEE Advanced exam, which guarantees admission into one of the most prestigious engineering colleges in India, has now been pushed to September 27.
The NEET-UG for admission into medical and dental colleges across the country is now slated for September 13, 2020.
The Union Minister also revealed that the postponement comes after the HRD panel’s recommendation. The decision also comes amidst the rising concern among parents of aspirants due to Coronavirus.
This is the second time that both the JEE and NEET entrance examinations have been postponed due to COVID-19. The JEE Mains was scheduled to take place between July 18 and July 23, while the JEE Advanced exams were scheduled for August. The NEET-UG exams were expected to take place on July 26.
Many students and parents had filed petitions and have been tweeting for the postponement of JEE and NEET examinations.
Building capacity for online exams
The National Testing Agency (NTA) also stated that after the HRD Minister’s announcement, it was hinted that the Government body might be looking at conducting online exams.
Since huge masses appear for both JEE and NEET exams, a spokesperson said that conducting them in the middle of a pandemic may not be advisable. He also said that the NTA is trying to enhance their capacity for conducting online exams. The statement could mean that students could appear for JEE and NEET entrances via online exams.
International aspirants for JEE and NEET have also been pushing for a postponement or online exams as international travel is not permitted right now.
Utilize the time to prepare well: Union HRD Minister
In his statement, the HRD Minister asked aspirants to utilize the time well and to hone knowledge in the lockdown.
The postponing announcement has caught many aspirants off guard who were prepared to attempt the exams in a few days. For many other such aspirants, the news has come in like a breath of fresh air, which gives them a lot more extra time for JEE and NEET preparation. Students can treat this time as a blessing in disguise and be well-prepared than ever. Practice, practice, and more practice is the only key to making it to the top.
If the Ministry is mulling over making the entrance examinations online, it only makes sense that students have ample time to get comfortable with the online format of exams. Touching base with online exam software at this time will be a wise decision. You can practice more with online mock tests, and you can also be at ease with the online exam pattern.
Online exam software like MegaExams has mock tests for both JEE and NEET to help aspirants further strengthen their knowledge. MegaExams also has unlimited test series for students to practice and make them well-prepared to take an online entrance exam if the situation comes to it.