The third session of engineering entrance exam JEE Mains will be conducted between July 20 and 25, and the fourth session will be held from July 27 till August 2 this year, Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced on Tuesday.
From the current academic session, JEE-Mains is being conducted four times a year to offer flexibility to students and a chance to improve their scores. The first phase was held in February, followed by the second phase in March.
"There were some concerns among the students regarding JEE (Main) 2021 examination during Covid. Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji has always said that the safety, security and bright future of our students should be the highest priorities of the Education Ministry," Nishank said as he made the much-awaited announcement.
APPLICATION WINDOW REOPENED
"Those students who had not applied for the third session due to any reason including Covid will be given a chance to apply online again, starting tonight July 6 till 11.50 pm on July 8," the minister said.
Similarly, students who missed applying for the fourth session can apply again between July 9-July 12, 2021, the minister announced.
"Not just this, you will also be able to change your exam centre preferences within the three-day window according to your wish and convenience. We will try to avail you centres as per your convenience," he said.
EXAM CENTRE SOPS
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank informed that the exam will be conducted with strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines and protocols at all exam centres.
Face masks will be provided to all candidates. All the computers and seats will be sanitized before and after the exams. Any computer set used in one shift will not be used in the next shift, a detailed press note issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA) said.
To avoid crowd at exam centre entrance due to candidates reaching together, they will be given staggered time slots for reporting. The staggering of time slots will be done to ensure uniform distribution of candidates across rooms during entry at the exam centres, the testing agency said.
In addition, candidates will be guided to their allocated seats, ensuring that social distancing is maintained. The examination rooms/halls where the exam will be conducted will have open windows and fans for proper air circulation, NTA said in its official note.
DECISION ON NEET SOON
India TV had on Monday reported that the National Testing Agency (NTA) was giving final touches to its proposal on the conduction of JEE Main and NEET exams this year, and that it will submit a report before Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, sources indicated that an announcement on the exam schedule for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a key medical entrance exam, will be made in a couple of days.
Earlier, JEE-Advanced exam scheduled for July 3, which is conducted for admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and the National Institutes of Technology, was also postponed.