Over 17 Lakh candidates have already downloaded their tickets for JEE and NEET. This shows that the students want to take the exams at any cost, said Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” on Thursday.
The minister’s comments come against the backdrop of a growing chorus for the postponement of medical and technical entrance exams in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases. “Officials from the National Testing Agency (NTA) told me that over 7 Lakh candidates have downloaded JEE Main approval cards, while over 10 Lakh aspirants have downloaded NEET approval cards. This shows that the students want the exams to be held at all costs, ”Pokhriyal said.
“We have received emails from students and parents who are in favor of taking exams because they have been preparing for exams for at least two to three years,” he added.
While the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will take place on September 13th, the JEE-Main technical entrance examination is planned for September 1st to 6th. Around 8.58 lakh candidates have signed up for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -Main, and 15.97 lakh students have signed up for NEET.
These investigations have already been postponed twice after the coronavirus pandemic. The JEE Mains were originally scheduled to take place April 7-11, but have been postponed to July 18-23. NEET-UG was originally planned for May 3rd and was then postponed to July 26th. They have been postponed again and are now scheduled for September.