Indian Govt declares dates for JEE and NEET



A month after the Union government deferred all competitive tests scheduled in April, May and June due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the HRD Ministry Tuesday made the first major announcement to bring higher education back on track.

The JEE Main, the gateway exam for admission to the NITs, will be held over five days between July 18 and July 23. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical programmes will be held on July 26. Originally, JEE Main was scheduled to be held between April 7 and April 11, and NEET on May 3.

Asked why the ministry decided to push the two entrance tests to July, “The thinking (behind this schedule) is that there will be no restrictions on the use of public transportation by then and candidates will be able to reach test centres easily.”

As many as 9 lakh candidates have registered to take JEE Main and approximately 16 lakh for NEET. According to sources in the National Testing Agency (NTA), JEE (Main) results will be announced July-end and NEET results are expected August-end..

With JEE Main scheduled mid-July, JEE Advanced would be held in August. IIT-Delhi, which is organising JEE Advanced this year, will decide fresh dates based on when NTA announces JEE Main results. Candidates aspiring to appear for JEE Advanced have to first qualify JEE Main.JEE Advanced is likely to be held on August 23.