JEE Main 2020: Over Two Lakh Students Missed Exam Conducted During Epidemic

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JEE Main 2020: Over Two Lakh Students Missed Exam
In the midst of the Corona epidemic, rain, and floods, two lakh students failed to participate in the JEE (Main) 2020 examination, conducted for admission to engineering colleges. According to the Ministry of Education, 8.58 lakh students had registered for the examination held between September 1 and September 6, but only 6.35 lakh students appeared at the examination centres.

The Joint Entrance Examination i.e. JEE exam is conducted for students to get admission in the prestigious engineering colleges of the country. JEE exam is being conducted twice since 2019. In January this year, 94.32 percent students took part in the JEE examination but only 74 percent students reached the exam centres between September 1 and September 6, amid epidemic, floods, and heavy opposition from students across the country.

On the first day, ie on September 1, only 51 percent of the students reached the examination centres, but later this number improved. However, the final figures were disappointing as two lakh students missed their exams due to several reasons.

Data from the National Testing Agency shows that the JEE Main examination students had an attendance of 94.11% in January 2019, 94.15% in April 2019, and 94.31% in January 2020, but the participation plunged significantly in September this year at 74%. 

Due to the Corona epidemic, the exam date of JEE Main was postponed twice, but the Ministry of Education later announced to conduct it from September 1. After this, thousands of students agitated from the road to social media to postpone the exam. The Chief Ministers of at least seven states were against the conducting the exams and the matter had reached the Supreme Court.

But the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of the Central Government, dismissing the petition to postpone the examination. The Supreme Court also said that the future of students cannot be put in jeopardy.

After the release of the data, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that it is possible that students may not have felt the need to appear in the exam again due to better performance in the previous exam conducted in January. ‘Any further delay of the exams would not have been in the interest of our hardworking students & their plans for college admissions,’ he tweeted.

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