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Covid-19 has changed the entire education scenario of the nation. With the cancellation of CBSE Class 12th board exams, there have been demands from parents, students and academicians across the country to cancel the JEE Main entrance exam, which is conducted for the admission in NITs, IITs, IIITs and other top government/ private engineering colleges in the country. Several campaigns are being run on social media platforms with regard to the postponement/ cancellation of JEE Main entrance exam. HRD Ministry has confirmed that JEE Main 2020 will not be cancelled and the same will be conducted from September 01 to 06, 2020. Before thinking about the cancellation of JEE Main, we must have an idea or awareness on what impact will it have on the serious students who spend at least a year to prepare for this exam. At the same time, we should know about the impact that will fall on B.Tech admission process if JEE Main is cancelled.
How will JEE Main Cancellation Affect Serious Students?
We all know that certain students prepare for JEE Main and JEE Advanced at least a year in order to get admission in IITs. These students work rigorously to achieve their goal. Cancellation of JEE Main will affect these students as their preparation will go into vain. At the same time, students may go into depression if IIT/ NIT admissions are based on Class 12th marks. However, this situation will not arise and the government will consider all possibilities to conduct the JEE Main exam.
Recently, IITs have also opined that the cancellation of JEE Main is not the best option. As admission to IITs is a serious matter, it should be based on the JEE Main and Advanced only.
How will JEE Main Postponement Affect Students?
Postponement of JEE Main exam date will also have a negative impact on students who have been constantly preparing for the exam. The JEE Main exam dates have been rescheduled to July 18, and most students have mentally prepared about the same. Postponing JEE Main again will influence students in such a way that they may lose interest in exam preparation and taking the exam as well.
How will JEE Main Cancellation Affect B.Tech Admission Process 2020?
If the JEE Main exam is cancelled for the year 2020, it will have a great impact on B.Tech admission process for the academic session 2020-21. While IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs consider JEE Main rank for admission, cancellation of exam will lead to changes in the admission rules. If Class 12th marks are to be considered for admission, some students may not get admission in their preferred college.
For example, if a student scored 85% in board exams and 90 percentile in JEE Main, he/ she will be advantageous if considered JEE Main rank. If board exam marks are considered for the same, the student may not get admission in college as per his choice or preference.
States that conduct their own entrance exams will also face this issue if exams are cancelled. Therefore, cancellation of entrance exams cannot be the best option.
Is there Chance for Considering JEE Main January 2020 Percentile for Admission?
As of now, no decision has been taken on the consideration of JEE Main January 2020 marks. To be precise, most students consider the January session of JEE Main as a practice test and based on the percentile scored in the first session, students prepare accordingly for the second session. Therefore, considering JEE Main January 2020 session percentile may not be possible.
Student Safety vs Conducting Entrance Exam
Student safety will be the first priority for the government, and entrance exams will not be conducted if the situation gets works in July. At the same time, the government will look for alternative options of assessment. If the government goes ahead with conducting exams,
How will B.Tech Admission Process Take Place if JEE Main Is Cancelled?
If the JEE Main entrance exam or any other state-level exam is cancelled, the following changes are expected in the admission process for the B.Tech course.
Merit List: Tamil Nadu is one of the states where engineering exams are non-entrance based. Students are admitted based on Class 12th marks. The marks scored in main subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/ Biology are aggregated to determine the merit positions. If entrance exams are cancelled, states that conduct entrance exam may follow the process adopted by Tamil Nadu for B.Tech admission. You can click on the links below for more details.
Online Document Verification: Unlike every year where students need to go to helpline centre for document verification, the 2020 admission process will have changes where students will upload their documents online and the same shall be verified digitally. This process will be implemented even if exams are cancelled or not.
Online Classes: It is most unlikely that face-to-face classes/ offline classes will happen this year. While some private universities are ready to start online classes after conducting the online counselling, this year, we may expect only online classes.
It is not the right time to say that JEE Main exam should be cancelled for the academic session 2020-21 and students must be admitted on the basis of merit. According to our analysis, the government can conduct JEE Main if the situation gets better in July or August. We advise students to not give up their preparation for the entrance exam as there are fewer chances for the cancellation of the exam.
Stay positive. All The Best!