JEE Main and NEET 2020 Postponement Unlikely – Press Release by NTA Quotes Supreme Court Orders

New Delhi August 22 | National Testing Agency has released a press release quoting the Supreme Court order on the postponement of JEE Main and NEET 2020. NTA has also provided data on the download of JEE Main admit card which is more 70 % as per the data given. NTA also claims to have provided the first choice of preferred centres to 99% of the candidates and will follow MHRD’s (now MoEs) Guidelines for Conduct of Examination with COVID-19 Precautionary measeures.

The Press release though directly do say that JEE Main and NEET 2020 will not be postponed but provides the intention of NTA clearly that they are unlikely to consider further postponement of JEE Main and NEET 2020.

The press release of NTA has been quoted in this article to appraise students of the fact that JEE Main and NEET will be conducted as per the schedule as per recent developments.

JEE Main and NEET 2020 – Press Release by NTA

In Writ Petition (Civil) No. 812/2020, Sayantan Biswas & Ors vs National Testing Agency (NTA) and Ors, with W.P. (C ) No. 851/2020, the Hon’ble Supreme Court Ordered, as follows:

“We find that there is absolutely no justification in the prayer made for postponement of the examination in question relating to NEET UG-2020 as well as JEE (Main) April, 2020. In our opinion, though there is pandemic situation, but ultimately life has to go and the career of the students cannot be put on peril for long and full academic year cannot be wasted. The examination is going to be held with due precaution and it is not going to be postponed. Thus, we find no merit in the writ petition.”

In this background, it is intimated that, for the first time, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the candidates of JEE (Main) were provided opportunity five times to change their option of Centre City. A total of 661911 Candidates availed this opportunity and they were considered for centres based upon their latest (revised) option. Now the National Testing Agency (NTA) has also released the Admit Cards for the JEE (Main).

For examinations scheduled from 01-09-2020 to 06-09-2020. 649223 Candidates have downloaded their Admit Cards so far, against a total number 858273. NTA is happy to share with the JEE (Main) 2020 candidates that it has been able to offer the first choice of preference of centre cities to 99.07% of the candidates. 142 candidates have, subsequently requested for a change in their allotted centre city due to various reasons, and the NTA is considering these requests positively.

As far as, NEET (UG)-2020 is concerned, again for the first time, the Candidates of this examination were given opportunity five times to change their choice of Centre City. A total of 95000 Candidates availed the same and they have been accommodated against their revised choices.

The NEET (UG)-2020 exam is now scheduled on 13-09-2020 and the total of 15,97,433 Candidates are registered for the same. The Admit Cards will be released shortly. Overall, 99.87% Candidates will be accommodated against their first preference of Centre City.

Based on the MHRD’s (now MoEs) Guidelines for Conduct of Examinations communicated vide F.No. 16-16/2020/U1A dated 06-07-2020, the NTA has made elaborate arrangements to sanitise the centres before and after the conduct of the examinations, give fresh masks and hand gloves (as per request). The NTA has also prepared a comprehensive Advisory regarding COVID-19 for All Functionaries for centre management. This Advisory has also been developed based on the MHRD’s Guidelines.

In order to solicit support of the states for maintaining law and order condition, power supply, facilitation of movement of candidates and exam functionaries, crowd management in front of exam centres, etc., the NTA has also written to the State Chief Secretaries, DGPs, and DMs/
SPs of the concerned cities. They have also been informed about the Advisory regarding COVID19 for All Functionaries, and their support has been solicited.

The personnel involved in conduct of these exams are also been trained on implementation of the NTA’s Advisory. Alongwith the admit card, the NTA has also issued ‘Important Instructions for Candidates’ as well as ‘Advisory for Candidates regarding COVID-19’ explaining them about the safety measures taken by the NTA and the support expected from the candidates for safe and successful conduct of these examinations. NTA conveys its best wishes to all the candidates of these examinations.

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