JEE-Main Application Window Reopened till May 24
JEE-Main Application: The application window for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main will be reopened from May 19 to 24, according to a notice from the National Testing Agency on Tuesday. Students who have previously applied but now wish to change their centres can also do so between May 25 and 31.
The decision to reopen the application window is meant to cater to students whose alternate plans were disrupted by COVID-19 and want one last chance to apply, especially those whose international travel plans have been put on hold by the pandemic.
“In view of the representations received from various Indian students who were scheduled to join colleges abroad, but are now keen to pursue their studies in the country due to the changed circumstances arising out of COVID-19 and would thus like to appear in the JEE (Main) 2020, the NTA has decided to give one last opportunity,” the notice said.
The online application form is available on jeemain.nta.nic.in and can be submitted until 5 pm on May 24, while the fee can be paid online until 11.50 p.m. The exam, which was earlier scheduled in April and was postponed due to lockdown restrictions, will be held across the country from July 18-23.
While the announcement was widely welcomed by students when announced on Twitter by Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, a number of students pleaded for a similar facility to be made for NEET, the medical entrance examination.
Meanwhile, the HRD minister launched an artificial intelligence -powered mobile application called the “National Test Abhyas” for mock tests for the JEE-Main and medical entrance exam NEET.
“The app has been developed by the NTA to enable the candidates to take mock tests for upcoming exams such as the JEE-Main, NEET under the NTA’s purview. It has been launched to facilitate the candidates’ access to high-quality mock tests from the safety and comfort of their homes since there was a demand for making up the loss to students due to the closure of educational institutions and NTA”s test-practice centres (TPCs) because of the continuing lockdown,” a senior official in the HRD ministry said.