Amid this on-going pandemic, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has announced that the JEE Advanced 2021 will be held on July 3 this year through a live webinar. Besides the exam date, the minister has also announced that the eligibility criteria for the IIT entrance exam have been revised for the convenience of the aspiring students.
Like last year, this year also the board exam criterion has been relaxed. In order to be eligible for the JEE Advanced exam, students must pass in the Class 12th board exam and also clear for the JEE Mains as well. Adding, aspiring students who have not appeared for the JEE Advanced 2020 but cleared the JEE Mains 2020 can appear for this year’s JEE Advanced on the basis of their JEE Mains 2020 scorecard. However, this is a one-time option.
During the webinar, Pokhriyal said, “We have received feedback from students and parents. As the covid-19 crisis is not yet over, we have also kept aside the 75% score criteria (of Class XII board exams) in 2021.”
However, this does not imply that scoring 35 percentile in Class 12th exam and securing a top rank in JEE Mains and JEE Advanced will grant you to secure a seat in one of the 23 IITs and any other top technical institutes in India.
According to a report of Live Mint, Debashish Chakravarty, organizing chairman of JEE Advanced 2021 and a professor of IIT Kharagpur said, “We are relaxing the 75% criteria to help students this year as they have faced a tough academic year due to covid-19. This will benefit students."
Meanwhile, the Education Minister has not said anything about the regional language while the IITs have taken a final call on this matter. So that JEE Advanced will not be held in regional languages this year amid this ongoing pandemic.
Speaking of that, Chakravarty has also added, “The JAB (joint admission board of IITs) has decided to conduct the examination in dual language (Hindi and English) in 2021 as was done previously.”
On the other hand, JEE Advanced exam will take place in other countries apart from India i.e. Dubai (UAE), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore. Although the final decision of conducting the IIT entrance examination in other countries depends on the prevailing situation.
All the relevant details and updates regarding JEE Advanced will be published on the official website.
As announced by the Education Minister earlier, JEE Mains will be held four times this year - February, March, April and May. The first stage of the exam will be conducted between February 23 and February 26, 2021.