New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao has informed that the discussion on increasing the number of attempts for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced will be held in the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) meeting, but in 2021. However, he said the increasing the number of attempts for the JEE Mains remains with the National Testing Agency, and not the IITs.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “One needs to understand the decision-making process in a government system. For increasing the number of attempts as a special case for JEE 2021, no one will decide it right now. This matter will be taken up at an appropriate time after JEE Advanced 2020 is conducted.”
He said, “Everyone in the Ministry is concerned about the situation and everyone wants to help the students in every possible way. But the decisions can not be taken based on the number of tweets supporting a cause, or the trolls on Twitter.”
No. of attempts for JEE Advanced & JEE Mains. Please read my views. pic.twitter.com/dFMdLLXLpg
— V.Ramgopal Rao (@ramgopal_rao) September 16, 2020
He asked students to “please trust the process and the people involved. Please focus on your studies and your preparations for the 2020 exams.”
The demand for having more attempts in JEE Advanced caught everyone’s attention when a Supreme Court (SC) lawyer wrote a letter to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal asking for the same.
The letter reads, “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.”
Also, many students raised voice and demanded more attempts this year as many people claim that they were not able to prepare because the classes were shut. Further many did not have proper internet access for online classes.