NEET, JEE Main Exam 2020 | Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Friday announced the Centre's decision to postpone the NEET and JEE entrance examinations till September. As per the fresh date sheet, the JEE Main examination will be held between September 1-6, while the advanced exam will be on September 27. The NEET exam will be conducted by the NTA on September 13.
"Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone JEE and NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th September, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th September and NEET examination will be held on 13 September," he said in a tweet.
Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept. pic.twitter.com/klTjtBxvuw— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 3, 2020
The announcement came during the Fit India webinar when Pokhriyal faced a barrage of questions regarding the dates for both exams.
Recently, parents of candidates in the Middle East countries, who are aspiring to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG 2020), had filed a plea in Supreme Court demanding postponement of the exam.
A committee was set up by the HRD Ministry to review the Covid-19 situation in the country and to ascertain if conducting the exams would be safe or not.
“Looking at the prevailing circumstances and requests received from students and parents appearing for JEE and NEET examinations, a committee consisting of DG NTA and other experts has been advised to review the situation and submit its recommendations to HRD Ministry latest by tomorrow,” Pokhriyal had said on Thursday.
The decision is likely to impact over 25 lakh students. As many as 9 lakh candidates have registered to take the JEE Main and approximately 16 lakh for NEET.