NTA NEET, JEE Exam 2020 to be in June 2020: The National Testing Agency is expected to postpone the national level entrance examinations until June 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The NEET and JEE Main April 2020 examinations which were postponed earlier due to the initial 21-day lockdown announced by the government. The news was confirmed by the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in an interview with the media. The confirmation of the news has however raised concerns from several students who are currently preparing for the examination to seek admissions to the Medical and Engineering programmes offered in the different institutions in the country.
Safety, Well-Being of Students Top Priority
In an interview given to Indian Express, HRD minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal also said that the spread of Coronavirus in the country has deeply impacted the academic calendar leading to academic loss to students and education sector. While reiterating importance of making up for the ‘loss of time due to COVID-19’, he also added that the health and wellbeing of students remained the top priority of the ministry.
Lockdown 2.0 leading to delay in exams
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the second phase of the lockdown on 14th April 2020. The COVID-19 lockdown has been extended until 3rd May 2020. Soon after extension of the lockdown, the NTA also announced facilities for application correction and change of exam centres in NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 until 3rd May hinting that the conduct of the examinations will be delayed.
Addressing the claims that NTA NEET UG 2020 and JEE Main 2020 will be held in the month of July a Senior official at NTA said that no such decision has been taken by the Agency as yet. He said that no dates have been announced by NTA as yet ans urged the candidates only to rely on the official notification uploaded on the official website or issued by the MHRD. He also added that under the present circumstances there is no way to be able to predict a date for the NEET UG 2020, JEE Main 2020 or other entrance exams conducted by the NTA.
According to reports, a senior MHRD official also said that a decision on the CBSE and NTA exam dates can only be taken after the lockdown is lifted in the country. He said that NTA will take into account the pending Class 10 and 12 Board exams that CBSE and several other State Boards are yet to conduct. He thus, said that even if the lockdown is lifted on 3rd May, NEET UG 2020 and JEE Main 2020 can only be conducted in the latter half of June.