JEE Main may be conducted more than twice a year

Mr. Pokhriyal while addressing the students during a live webinar on twitter said today that the JEE Main 2021 exam may be held more than twice a year. At present, the examination for entry to top engineering colleges is held twice a year. According to him, the government and the National Testing Agency will try to release the dates for the first attempt of the engineering entrance exam as soon as possible to give enough time to students to prepare.

“The system of setting questions of exams such as JEE is also being thoroughly looked at. We are looking at setting questions in a way no one is at a disadvantage,” said the minister

Minister Pokhriyal also added that the education ministry is monitoring the pandemic situation, which has disrupted the academic session this year. Issues such as whether there is a need to curtail the JEE (Main) syllabus can only be addressed based on how the Covid-19 situation turns out. 

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has reduced its syllabus for classes 9-12 for the 2020-2021 academic session by up to 30% as a “one-time measure”. Some state boards too have curtailed their syllabus.

Minister Pokhriyal also said that the dates for board exams, JEE and medical entrance test National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be declared well in advance in 2021 so as to ensure that students do not face difficulties. He, however, did not specify if a decision to postpone them had been taken.