Joint Admission Board (JAB) to allow second chance to those candidates who had successfully registered for JEE-Advanced 2020 but were not able to appear for the examination because they had tested positive for COVID-19. These candidates will be allowed to reappear in 2021, as a one-time measure.
Candidates will not have to re-qualify by writing JEE-Main 2021 and will be allowed to directly appear in the JEE-Advanced examination.
The decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the Joint Admission Board. In view of the pandemic, the JAB had considered a relaxation of its eligibility criteria and decided to permit an extra attempt for those candidates who were unable to appear in JEE-Advanced due to COVID-19.
The official statement read, “Subsequently, to address the concerns of the affected candidates, while avoiding prejudice to other candidates, it has been decided to allow all the candidates, who had successfully registered to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020 but were absent in the exam, to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2021, as a one-time measure.”
The statement also added that, “to ensure equal opportunity to all,” these candidates will not have to re-write the JEE-Main which is the first stage qualifying examination, but will instead be allowed to directly appear in JEE-Advanced, on the basis of their successful qualification and registration this year.
Candidates getting a second chance to write JEE-Advanced will be considered in addition to and not as part of the total number of who will qualify from JEE-Main 2021 in order not to disadvantage next year’s candidates. This relaxation of eligibility criteria will be in addition to proportionate relaxation of the age bar, added the statement