Students preparing to appear for the pending two sessions of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main are in jeopardy as there is a gap of just two days between the two sessions.
The third session of JEE Main will be conducted from July 20 to July 25 and the fourth session from July 27 to August 2, 2021.
On Tuesday, the Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced, "There were some concerns among the students regarding JEE (Main) 2021 Examination April and May session that were postponed due to second wave of COVID-19."
The National Testing Agency, the agency that conducts JEE Main exams, stated the third session (April session) of JEE Main will be conducted from July 20 to July 25 and the fourth session (May session) will be held from July 27 to August 2, 2021.
In response to this announcement, students preparing for both the attempts said the schedule is unfair as there is a gap of just two days between the two sessions. Niharika Lalwani, a student said, "Initially, the sessions were scheduled a month apart for a reason so that we get time to prepare and improve in the next attempt. But now, how are we supposed to improve in just two to seven days after we appear for one session?"
Rahees Zainab, another student said, "It seems like the Centre and NTA want to finish conducting the exams in a hurry. But JEE Main is a competitive test for which students prepare for more than two years. We cannot rush with such exams. Students need to be given sufficient time to prepare, analyse, rectify mistakes and improve their scores in the next attempt."
Earlier this year, Nishank had announced that JEE Main 2021 will be conducted four times a year in February, March, April and May 2021. The JEE Main April and May sessions were postponed due to the COVID-19 second wave.