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IIT-JEE, NEET exams to be held in July

While almost 1.6 million medical aspirants sit for the NEET exam, around 1.3 million appear for the JEE mains.. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint (Indranil Bhoumik/Mint)Premium
While almost 1.6 million medical aspirants sit for the NEET exam, around 1.3 million appear for the JEE mains.. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint (Indranil Bhoumik/Mint)

  • While JEE (Mains), the first leg of the two-tier JEE entrance will take place in multiple windows between 18 July and 23 July, NEET exam will be conducted on 26 July
  • There will be no fee hikes at IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) for academic year 2020-21

NEW DELHI: The union government on Tuesday said joint entrance exam (JEE) for admission into top engineering colleges and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into medical colleges will be held between 18 July and 26 July, ending the suspense of nearly 3 million students.

While JEE (Mains), the first leg of the two-tier JEE entrance, will take place place on 18 July, 20 July, 21 July, 22 July and 23 July, human resource development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said. NEET exam will be conducted on 26 July.

During a webinar with students, Pokhriyal also said his ministry will announce dates for CBSE 12th Board examination in the next two days. While 76 papers of CBSE class 10 and Class 12 board exams were held up mid-way due to covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, the board has maintained that exams for 29 core papers will be conducted once the situation improves and the lockdown is lifted.

The minister said he had a discussion with the health ministry on NEET and they have agreed on the dates. While almost 1.6 million medical aspirants sit for the NEET exam, around 1.3 million appear for the JEE mains.

“Once the JEE Mains is over, JEE Advanced will take place in August," Pokhriyal said.

While JEE Mains is used by most other engineering colleges in the country, some 150,000 top performers in the JEE Main exam sit for the JEE Advanced conducted by the IITs for selecting undergraduate students.

JEE Mains and NEET are conducted by the National Testing Agency.

The announcement gives a clear sense of the new academic year that the country is looking to start in August and September, four months late, due to the disruptions caused by the lockdown. The HRD ministry had postponed JEE and NEET exams due to the coronavirus outbreak and the resultant lockdown in early April.

The minister said there will be no fee hikes at IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) for academic year 2020-21. The board of governors of IITs had decided to hike fee in verticals in one of their meetings in 2019, but the decision was put on hold in December following protest from aspiring students.

Pokhriyal also said his ministry plans to bridge the academic gap created due to the covid-19 outbreak and encouraged students to keep using various e-learning resources and digital platforms provided for both school and higher education sectors.

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