The most popular and prestigious competitive exams across India at 10+2 level, namely JEE Main, JEE Advanced and NEET-UG for admission into engineering and medical courses are likely to be postponed yet again in 2021.
According to official sources in Union Education ministry, the central government is planning to cut the syllabus of JEE Main 2021, JEE Advanced 2021 and NEET UG 2021 by nearly 20% to 30% keeping in view the disruption caused to present academic year 2020-21 due to corona pandemic across India.
All the educational institutions across India remain closed since March 2020 due to corona pandemic.
However, the institutions are holding online classes since August 2020.
Three months were lost in this academic year due to corona lockdown.
In this backdrop, there is a huge demand from students and parents to postpone JEE Main, JEE Adv and NEET UG exams in 2021 to enable institutions to complete the syllabus and to give adequat time for students to face these toughest entrance exams.
Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal will go live on Twitter on December 10, 2020, to seek the feedback from students, parents and teachers on syllabus reduction and postponement of exams. Anyone can express their views on hashtag #EducationMinisterGoesLive
As for conducting JEE Main 2021 January examination, many are requesting for the January exams to be delayed till February or March and the April exam be pushed to June. Expressing concerns over board exams that have been pushed to May in some states like Maharashtra & Gujarat, students have asked for possible dates of June or July for competitive exams.
Students have been asking for another attempt on JEE Advanced 2021 since before JEE Main 2020 were conducted. Many students had reached out to IIT Delhi as well, seeking redressal of their concerns as many could not prepare for the JEE Advanced or had to miss the exam. An exemption of another attempt for those who were in the last year of possible attempts (only three attempts are permitted) has been requested multiple times.