The Covid-19 pandemic has a long way to be over but has been brought under control to a great extent. However, the upheaval caused by the pandemic has affected the education sector adversely. The indecisiveness about the national entrance examinations like JEE Mains, NEET and other exams have started a wave of tension among the young students.
As per the latest reports, the Ministry of Education hasn’t taken a final decision regarding the conduction of the entrance exams. It is being said that the final decision will be made after a scrutinized reviewing process of Covid-19 situation in states and UTs.
However, the Education Ministry is considering conducting the remaining phase of engineering entrance exam JEE Mains in July and August while the medical entrance exam NEET may be shifted till September.
“The pending editions of JEE-Mains are likely to be conducted either at the end of July or August with a fortnight’s gap between the two tests. NEET is likely to be pushed to September,” a source said.
This year onwards, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains will be conducted four times a year in order to provide flexibility to students and a chance to improve their scores. The first phase of the exam was conducted in February this year and was followed by the second in March. On the other hand, JEE Advanced, which is the entrance exam to the IITs, has been postponed. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be held on July 3 the revised dates are yet to be announced. Students who score in the top of 2.5 lakh ranks of JEE Main are qualified to sit for JEE Advanced. Thus, the IIT entrance can not be held till the JEE Main is completed.
The Education Ministry also has to decide the fate of the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET).
Earlier this month, the CBSE and the CISCE announced the cancellation of class 12 board examination in view of the pandemic and announced a marks tabulation policy. Following their footsteps, several state boards also cancelled class 12 board exams.
Anxiety is at peak stages among lakhs of young students. The uncertainty about the undergraduate admission process and entrance examinations are the core reasons behind this stress. Their career and future are hanging with uncertainty. However, authorities have advised the students to focus on their students even if the exams are being rescheduled.