Mumbai, Maharashtra: The National Testing Agency had already postponed the JEE Main and Advanced Exams, NEET UG 2020, and the UGC NET 2020 exams earlier this month. With several states extending the lockdown, we might see a further postponement of these examinations. This will eventually lead to the admission schedule being pushed beyond July-August 2020.
According to reports, more than thirty school boards have yet to either conduct the board examinations or evaluate the answer sheets. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE) along with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) were going to take a call on April 15, 2020 – post-completion of the 21-day lockdown. However, with most states extending the lockdown, a further delay is expected.
Further, the CBSE had planned to conduct the exams for only 29 out of the 41 pending exams. However, under the current situation, the board might have to rethink this decision.
What can the JEE Main, NEET, and NET students expect?
Currently, the boards have three options:
- Wait for the lifting of the lockdown. Conduct the remaining examinations or evaluations. However, this will delay the declaration of results.
- If the government permits, then conduct the exams and/or evaluate the answer sheets during the lockdown. This can ensure that the results are out before the end of June 2020.
- Evaluate the answer sheets of exams already conducted. Cancel the remaining papers. Grant scores for the canceled papers based on the internal assessment. Most schools have already uploaded the internal assessment marks to the respective boards. Hence, they can grant marks for the remaining papers based on the internal assessment.
There is also a possibility of the Ministry of Human Resource Development requesting the State Governments and Higher Educational Institutions to advance their summer breaks. This can allow them to conduct pending exams quickly. Institutes also need to conduct online classes now and leave the practical part for the post-lockdown period.
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