Amid Covid-19 Outbreak, 45% of JEE Candidates Skip Exam in Gujarat

COVID-19 Positive Candidate Barred From Appearing JEE Main In Odisha’s Berhampur

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on September 2 said that 75 percent of JEE-Main candidates in the state could not appear for the exam held on September 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and blamed the Centre's "ego" for it.

On the eve of the exam, the first competitive exam the Centre is holding under a consistent Covid surge, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal issued a video message to students wishing them the best and asking them to trust exam conducting agencies with foolproof arrangements at all 660 centres across India.

Main began at 9 am across the country on Tuesday. After much thought and deliberation, the government chose to conduct the JEE Main 2020 examination from September 1 to 6, 2020 and the NEET 2020 exam on September 13, 2020. The court further added, "The affected students can file an application for re-examination to the NTA with the help of their centre coordinator".


"The situation is grim in several districts due to floods". The bench passed its order while responding to a plea urging it to take suo-motu cognisance of the matter and postpone the JEE exams. "I would like to thank all the state governments and officials of the National Testing Agency for the smooth conduct of the examination", Amit Khare, Secretary of Higher Education, said. This is going to be done by the NTA after communication with the respective district collectors. The NTA has said that around 8.58 lakh students have registered for JEE.

Chandrapur collector told the court that 21 villages were affected by flood in the district and rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) enquired at local levels if there were any students who needed to appear for the JEE-Main exam, but no response was received. His plea stated inability of students, residing in flood-affected areas in Vidarbha region, in reaching the examination centres.

Collectors of Bhandara and Gondia told the court that while their districts were worst hit due to heavy rains and release of water from the Sanjay Sarovar dam in Madhya Pradesh, there were no centres for JEE-Main examination in both these districts. Arrogance is making them ignore the genuine concerns of the JEE-NEET aspirants as well as the demands of those who took SSC and other exams.

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