The first session of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main 2022, to be tentatively carried out in February, is almost certainly to be delayed and rescheduled to March or April given the rising circumstances of Covid-19 and the meeting elections to be held in 5 states subsequent month, specialists have mentioned.
Amid the rising variety of circumstances of Covid-19, many aggressive exams, together with the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), have been postponed.
Partha Halder, the centre head of FIIT JEE Punjabi Bagh in Delhi, mentioned the National Testing Agency (NTA) is but to launch the official notification and college students are uncertain of how the 4 makes an attempt shall be scheduled.
“The provision of four attempts was introduced only last year, with the first session scheduled in February and then all the remaining sessions getting rescheduled in the Covid aftermath. This year, we are not even sure if NTA plans to conduct the engineering entrance test in February or not,” Halder mentioned.
“The third wave of Covid does not propose a conducive environment to go ahead with the exams,” he added.
Academics Director at Vidyamandir Classes, Saurabh Kumar, additionally hinted at a robust chance of JEE Main 2022 not starting in February.
“It will most likely be conducted in March, largely due to the worsening Covid situation and the assembly elections. Most exams scheduled before March 10 are expected to be postponed. Besides, the NTA usually releases the notification with enough time for candidates to apply, and the agency has not opened the registration window yet, ” Kumar mentioned.
The indianexpress.com tried reaching out to the director-general of NTA, Vineet Joshi, and senior director Sadhana Parashar, however they declined to touch upon JEE Main 2022.
At the identical time, college students are involved about showing for the board examination and the engineering entrance exams in the identical month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Yash Raj, 19, from Bihar’s Patna mentioned rescheduling JEE Main for March is almost certainly to extend stress on aspirants as they must take the board exams as properly.
“Last year, the central government waived off the eligibility criteria for 75 per cent marks in class 12 as a one-time measure. Many students have not been able to fare well in the term-1 board exams due to the unfamiliar pattern and will now be focusing on the term-2 board exams. Aspirants have no information about eligibility criteria, the application process, and exam dates, which is adding fuel to the fire of anxiety,” Raj mentioned.
Vidyamandir Classes’ Kumar, nevertheless, mentioned this 12 months’s board exams gained’t be a lot of a hassle for college students due to the divided syllabus.
“Board exams are also expected to be further pushed to April. Term-1 has already been conducted with 50 per cent of the syllabus, and term-2 will have questions only from the remaining half of the syllabus. The pattern is also in line with the competitive exams, which have only objective questions,” he mentioned.
However, some academicians mentioned they’re hopeful of the scenario getting below management by February.
“The exam is most likely to be held in the second or third week of February, and the number of active cases may come down,” NIT Warangal director Ramana Rao informed indianexpress.com. “The rest is up to the expert committee to make a decision,” he added.