Increase number of attempts for JEE Advanced: Supreme Court lawyer writes to Education Ministry

By: Education Desk | New Delhi |

September 4, 2020 4:06:03 pm

JEE Advance is entrance examination for admission IITs (Express picture by Jaipal Singh)

After the Supreme Court dismissed the evaluate petition filed by opposition events towards the decision to conduct the JEE Main and NEET exams, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava has written a letter to the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to improve the number of attempts for JEE Advanced. Currently, a candidate is allowed two attempts on the examination. This, he stated, would offer a level-playing area to college students from rural areas or poor households.

“The present system for admission to undergraduate programmes of IITs discriminates against underprivileged students, by not providing them level-playing field. It seems to be highly supportive of the privileged students who can afford heft fee of quality schooling and coaching institutes,” the letter learn.

Only college students who clear the JEE Main and are ranked within the high 2-2.5 lakh are eligible to seem for JEE Advanced. “Candidates get 6 attempts – two attempts, January and April, each year for three consecutive years for JEE Main while for JEE Advanced only two attempts are allowed as per rules. “Even after qualifying JEE Main with top ranks in their third attempt, students are not permitted to appear in JEE Advanced. This is unjust, particularly to underprivileged and rural students.” the letter learn.

Stating that earlier, there was no restriction on the number of attempts for JEE Advanced (then often called IIT JEE) and for admissions to medical schools in India performed via NEET 2020 too candidates get three attempts, the letter states, “the first solution lies in increasing the number of attempts for JEE advance to three (same as for JEE Main per year).”

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