Latest: JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 has been postponed. Check new date and details here.
Two of the nation’s biggest UG entrance examination, Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are due to be held in July. While JEE should have been held in April and NEET in May, National Testing Agency (NTA) had to postpone both the exams due to the corona virus outbreak.
For JEE Main 2020, more than 9 lakh candidates have applied and for NEET 2020 the number goes above 15 lakh. Further delay in these exams will directly affect the admission process in B.Tech / B.E, B.Arch / B.Plan, MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, and BUMS courses. Despite, students and parents are demanding further postponing of JEE Main and NEET 2020.
MHRD and NTA are now in dilemma to hold the exam or to postpone it. The panel has to submit it’s decision today. However, before the Agency do so, let us have a look at why JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 should be postponed.
Reason 1: COVID-19 Containment Zones and Lock Down
Many states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, West Bengal are still under lockdown till July 31. Also, there are many other states which are following partial lockdown in the cities that are part of containment zones.
- According to the latest list issued on June 30, the number of containment zones in the capital of India, Delhi is 531 as of June 30, 2020.
- In Mumbai alone, there are 750 containment zones as of June 30, 2020. Mumbai is also under section 144 until July 15, 2020.
- Noida is under section 144 until July 31, 2020.
National level entrance exams cannot be held in lockdown. During the lockdown various restrictions are imposed by the state, which restrict movement in the state, opening of buildings, etc. Therefore this is one of the major reasons why NTA might postpone JEE Main and NEET 2020.
Reason 2: Travel Not Possible
Even if NTA allocates the first choice of center to the candidates, traveling will not be easy. Regular train services are cancelled until August 12, 2020, and some states have also imposed border restrictions as well. In states like Mumbai, where local trains are the most used medium of transportation, lack of service might stop various candidates from taking the exam.
Moreover the exam centre for JEE Main and NEET are yet to be allotted, as the admit card has yet not been issued. With less time between exam date and admit card release date, booking of tickets, arranging cabs, and getting e-pass will be difficult for the students.
Reason 3: Well Being of Students
One of the most important reason why NEET 2020 and JEE Main should be postponed is well being of millions of students. Right now, the number of COVID cases in India are above 6 lakh and this is when testing is moving at such low pace. If NTA calls so many students to appear for the entrance exams then it will be jeopardizing student’s health and safety.
Social media is filled with pleads of students and parents who are “scared” of being exposed to the virus. Students are prioritizing there health over the exams. Every Twitter post of HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is filled with such request from the parents and students. Looking at these it seems valid that NTA should postponed JEE Main and NEET exam
Reason 4: Pressure from Students Union
The National Student Union of India (NSUI) has been peacefully protesting for postponement of NEET and JEE exams. In the state of Telangana student union moved HC and lead to postponing of state CETs. The main concern of the student union is the security of the students. It is arguing how will the students give their 100% in the exam when they will be dealing with fear of getting a deadly virus.
Reason 5: Social Distancing for 15 lakh+ candidates and their Parents is a Challenge
NEET will witness more than 15 lakh candidates appearing for the exam and JEE Main will have around 9 lakh candidates. The students will be accompanied by parent as well. MHRD and NTA will have to make sure that all precautionary measures at the exam centers for social distancing, but the risk factor is much higher. Following the social distancing norms is more a self-imposed responsibility rather than a rule. Thus the following of social distance will depend on the parents and students at the center, which cannot be guaranteed.
This increases the chance of virus spread. This will be another factor that NTA will have to note while deciding on the exam dates of NEET and JEE Main 2020.
All factors and the situation of the nation due to this global pandemic calls for postponement of NEET and JEE Main 2020 exams. NTA is supposed to give its recommendations to MHRD on July 3, 2020. The students must await the official declaration in this regard. Until then JEE Main 2020 will be held from July 18 to 23, 2020 and NEET 2020 will be held on July 26, 2020.
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