As per a report today in a leading Hindi daily, NTA has assured that NEET 2021 and JEE Main 2021 will be held. The decision on exam date for the exams will be taken soon after CBSE decides the exam dates for class 12 board exams.
The report in Amar Ujala cites NTA Director General Vineet Joshi.
More than 10 lakh medical aspirants, and an equal number of engineering aspirants all over India are waiting anxiously for the exam dates of NEET and JEE exams. In this regard, the following important points have been conveyed in today’s news.
First of all, there will not be any changes in the form or mode of the JEE, NEET exams. That is JEE will be computer based test and NEET will be pen and paper mode test.
Next, the CBSE 12th date sheet 2021 will play an important role in the exam dates of the engineering and medical entrance exams. So students can expect the entrance exam dates only after CBSE issues the board exam time tables.
CBSE could announce the 2021 board exam date sheet next week!
Last year CBSE conducted the class 12 board exams from 15 February to 30 March. The JEE Main January exam was held from 06 to 09 January, and the April exam was initially scheduled from 03 to 09 April (later rescheduled to September due to the pandemic). The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was scheduled on 03 May.
This year, CBSE may postpone the board exams. As per reports of previous months, the board is planning to delay the exams by 45 to 60 days.
State boards of Maharashtra and Gujarat are also delaying their board exams to May.
The biggest reason behind the postponement of board exams is the issue of reopening of schools; until now, states have not gone ahead with full reopening of schools keeping the health and safety of students in mind. The boards are fighting challenges on many fronts, brought down by the pandemic. Recently the SC dismissed a plea for dismissal of fee for CBSE class 10, 12 exams.
However there is another way out. If the boards decide to cut the syllabus for the board exams (note that CBSE has already reduced the syllabus of all classes by 30%, here the issue is of cutting or further cutting syllabi for board exams specifically), then the exams may either not be postponed, or only be slightly so.
The issue of JEE Main January 2021 exam conduct being dubious is also addressed – as of now, it is decided that JEE Main will be held in January as well as April. NEET will be once.