JEE Main, NEET 2020: Chances of Supreme Court postponing exams remote

The news about Supreme Court hearing review petition filed by six States ruled by non-BJP parties seeking postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 exams tomorrow, September 4, 2020, Firday, brought a new ray of hope for lakhs of students and parents across India demanding postponement of exams.

But legal experts opined that the chances of Supreme Court postponing exams at this stage are remote or almost nil.

Legal experts advised students and parents not to read or expect too much into Supreme Court hearing review petition tomorrow.

They cite two reasons for this. One, the JEE Main exams already started from September 1 across India. Already exams were held for three days. The fourth day exam will also be held tomorrow by the time the Supreme Court comes out with its orders.

So, only two more days will be left till September 6 to complete JEE Main exams and already lakhs of students appeared for these exams since September 6 across India.

JEE Main cannot be postponed at this stage as it will halt the entire JEE Main exam process and halt announcement of results if the exams of next two days are postponed. It will adversely affect the academic year.

However, legal experts say Supreme Court may not consider even postponement of NEET to be held on September 13 on the ground that JEE Main was held successfully since September 1 and as such there should not be any problem for students to take NEET. Supreme Court may direct government to ensure Covid norms are strictly followed at NEET exam centres and give permission to hold NEET as scheduled.

Legal experts advised students and parents to better focus on exam preparation instead of concentrating on Supreme Court case as the chances of postponement are almost nil.