NEET, JEE Main postponement: Supreme Court to hear case on August 17

The Supreme Court will hear the petitions seeking postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 exams on August 17, 2020.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra will hear the petitions filed by students, parents and student organisations seeking postponement of exams due to corona pandemic in the country on August 17, 2020.

It may be recalled that the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced on July 3, 2020 that the national level engineering entrance exam i.e. JEE Main 2020 will now be held from 1st to 6th September 2020. On the other hand, the national level medical entrance exam i.e. NEET UG 2020 will now be held on 13th September 2020. IIT JEE Entrance Exam i.e. JEE Advanced 2020 will now be held on 27th September 2020.

The JEE-Advanced exam was earlier scheduled to be held on May 17 while JEE-Mains were earlier scheduled from April 5-11 but all exams were postponed due to nationwide lockdown announced to contain the COVID-19 spread. While Joint Entrance Exam-Mains (JEE-MAINS) is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for medical colleges.

More than 15 lakh students across the country have registered for NEET this year, which is the gateway to medical colleges in India, whereas more than 9 lakh have registered for JEE Mains, the entrance exam for all other engineering colleges except IITs.

The JEE-Mains is considered as a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced through which the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) all over the country offer admissions to the undergraduate courses leading to a Bachelor's, Integrated Master's or Bachelor's-Master's Dual Degree in Engineering, Science or Architecture.

However, several petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of NEET and JEE Mains.