JEE-Main to be held four times in 2021
Big update for NRIs and Indian students, The Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in a big announcement on Thursday that the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) will be held four times as of February 2021.
During an online interaction with teachers, parents, and students, he told them about board exams and competitive exams. Currently, JEE-Main is held twice a year.
“The suggestion of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main 2021 to be held four times in a year will be examined positively, beginning at the end of February, thereafter in March, April and May-2021, for three to four days during each time,” said the Minister in a live interaction with students, teachers, and parents.
The idea of conducting the exams four times from next year is to ensure that candidates do not miss out on opportunities due to a conflict of examinations or following the COVID-19 situation, said Minister Pokhriyal.
Pokhriyal also ruled out any reduction in the JEE syllabus for the Engineering Entrance Exam.
“The syllabus for JEE (Main 2021) will remain the same as the previous year and a proposal is under examination where students will be given choice to answer 75 questions (25 questions each in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) out of 90 questions (30 questions each in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics),” he said.
With regard to the class 10 and 12 board, the Minister said that consultations with stakeholders are in progress on the dates of the board reviews and will soon be announced on the basis of input from stakeholders.
“The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is yet to take a decision on the dates of conducting board examinations including practical. In case students are not able to do practical in classes before the examinations, alternatives to practical examinations will be explored,” he said.
In view of the coronavirus situation, the Board’s examinations, which were held in March, had to be postponed mid-way. Subsequently, the assessments were canceled and the results were announced on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.
Competitive examinations, such as JEE and NEET, were also postponed twice this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In view of the continued closure of schools and teaching-learning activities being entirely online, proposals for postponement of board examinations to May have been made.