Union HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Friday, July 3, 2020 announced that the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET 2020) scheduled in July has been postponed. He stated that JEE Main and NEET will now be held in September.
The JEE examination will be held between September 1 to 6, JEE advanced exam will be held on September 27 and NEET examination will be held on September 13.
"We have decided to postpone both the exams considering the safety of the students. Safety is our first concern and then value-based education. Now, JEE Main will be held between September 1 and 6 while NEET will be held on September 13. The JEE Advanced will now be held on September 27. I hope that you will utilize this extra time in polishing your abilities and work towards stress-free preparations," the HRD minister said in a video message.
The move by the HRD Ministry comes after parents and students raised concerns about conducting the exams in July, when COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly. The decision was taken based on a report submitted by a panel of experts regarding the prevailing pandemic situation, which recommended postponement of exams keeping in view the safety of students.