The review petition that was submitted by 6 states of India regarding the decision of SC for conducting JEE Main and NEET 2020 in pandemic has been dismissed today. The supreme court conducted an “in-chamber” session today in this regard and has decided that the schedule of NEET and JEE Main 2020 shall stay intact..
To recap, the case dates back to 17 August 2020. A petition was filed by some parents and students to postpone NEET and JEE Main 2020 examination until the situation is under control. This plea was represented by Alakh Alok Srivastava, but was dismissed by the Supreme Court with the clarification that life must go on and students can’t lose a precious year due to the pandemic.
This decision was however not welcomed by many and the Chief Ministers of 6 states decided to file a review petition for this to the SC. The 6 states that filed the review petition on August 28, 2020, are Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. This review petition was finally heard today, however, the decision has been yet the same that JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 will be held as per schedule.
JEE Main 2020 is has already started. Today marks the 4th day of the exam and 2 more days are left. The exam will end on September 6, 2020. As per the data revealed by MHRD, 25% of the students have skipped the exam in the last 3 days of JEE Main 2020. Students who were able to take the exams, are satisfied with the SOPs by NTA at the center. However, many students have to shell out a huge sum of money to reach the centers and take the exam. Transportation issues, despite many states running special trains, is seen to be a major hindrance in JEE Main 2020.
NEET 2020 will be held on September 13, 2020. For NEET a fresh petition has been filed again. The hearing of this petition will be on September 7, 2020. It will be represented by Alakh Alok Srivastava, yet again.
The majority of the candidates could take the exam as per the data by MHRD in the last 3 days of JEE Main 2020. However, states have reported a much bigger number of absentees. On day 2 of the exam, 75% of the JEE aspirants in WB could not take the exam due to rains and transport issues.
In all, only 3,43,958 went to give the exams on the first three days. About 54.67 percent aspirants gave the exam on day 1, 81 percent gave it on day 2, and on day 3 say the attendance was 82 percent. The official data is shown below: