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JEE Advanced to be held on July 3


Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday announced that the JEE Advanced will be held on July 3. The announcement has put an end to months of uncertainty among aspirants who aim to secure admission in IITs.

The minister also said that due to the difficulties being faced by students amid the coronavirus pandemic, IIT aspirants will not have to meet the criterion of minimum 75 per cent marks in class 12 for appearing in the exam.

He said, “JEE-Advanced will be conducted by IIT Kharagpur on July 3. The relaxation in admission requirement of 75 per cent marks in class 12 which was announced last year in view of COVID-19 pandemic will be offered this year as well.”

For admissions to IITs, apart from qualifying the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced, the candidates are required to secure either minimum 75 per cent marks in class 12 board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations.

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While JEE-Mains is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country, it is a qualifying test for JEE-Advanced.

JEE Main

Earlier, in December, Pokhriyal had announced that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main four times in a year in as many as 13 languages, including English, starting with the first round of the test from February 23 to February 26 next year.

According to the JEE Main information bulletin, the online application process is on till January 16, 2021, the NTA will hold the second round of the entrance test from March 15 to March 18, third from April 27 to April 30 and fourth from May 24 to May 28.

Given the scenario, the NTA has decided to prepare the JEE Main question papers in such a manner that they match the level of preparation of students of all school examination boards.

The minister had earlier announced, “There will be a total of 90 questions. Of them, students need to answer 75 questions. There will be no provision for negative marking in 15 optional questions for incorrect answers.”


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