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Owing to the novel COVID-19 outbreak, the HRD ministry has finally postponed NEET, JEE Main and JEE Advanced. NEET 2020 exam date is set on September 13, 2020.
NEET, JEE Main and JEE Advanced examinations were supposed to be conducted in the months of April and May. The ministry had to postpone the examinations due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. It was anticipated that the condition will get better in the month of July and hence all the medical and engineering entrance exams were rescheduled to be conducted this month. NEET 2020 was all set to be conducted on July 26, 2020.
However, the COVID-19 cases are rising at a dangerous rate, reaching almost 21,000 on July 3. This has made the conducting of exams extremely impossible. Additionally, MHRD and NTA received thousands of messages from NEET and JEE Main aspirants, urging the authorities to postpone the exams as taking these exams would make lakhs of students vulnerable to the virus.
After the cancellation of CBSE examinations, JEE Main and NEET aspirants grew more anxious. Over the last month, numerous petitions were signed by both Indian and NRI students to act upon this matter. In fact, various hashtags such as #PostponeNEETJEE #NoExamsinCovid were trending on Twitter too.
Yesterday, MHRD set up a panel to discuss the logistics and other factors and asked the experts to send their recommendations by today. Observing the current scenario, NTA and MHRD had no choice but to postpone the exams to September. The news was declared by MHRD minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal in a live webinar with Sunil Chettri and PV Sindhu.
Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept. pic.twitter.com/klTjtBxvuw— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 3, 2020
It is quite evident that this tweet by Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” brought a sigh of relief to lakhs of students as it received a commendable 16,000 likes in no time. For now, the authority has set the NEET exam date on September 13, 2020, and NEET Admit Card will be issued 15 days prior to the exam. However, nothing concrete can be said presently, as it is very unlikely that the spread of the virus will curb by the end of August.