The entrance exam for engineering at the national level – JEE Main – had four attempts for 2021 batch. Usually students get two chances in a year to appear before the entrance for engineers, however, the number of attempts was doubled as usual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Will there be four chances left for the upcoming exams – JEE Main 2022?
Experts are still discussing the benefits of the same. The number of attempts will depend on when the board exams will conclude for Class 12 students, informed Vineet Joshi, Director-General, NTA. This year, most boards considering CBSE and CISCE are holding two board exams.
Given the unusual emergence of new variants, the boards have also announced that in case the Covid-19 situation worsens, it would not hold the exams for the second term. Also last year, due to the pandemic, the entrance exams were delayed. If the situation is not under control, the number of attempts can be reduced to start the next academic year on time.
JEE Main 2022: Internal options are likely to continue
Furthermore, students were also given internal choice, bearing in mind that the boards had reduced the syllabus for grades 9 to 12 and the government had the preparations of students synchronized with the entrance exams at school level. Also this year, the boards are lowering their syllabus. Thus, it is very likely that the internal choice option will remain this year as well.
In JEE Main 2021, students were asked 30 questions in each of the three sections – physics, chemistry, math. Normally there are 25 questions in each section. While students had to answer 25 questions, five additional questions were given as options.
JEE Main 2022: Relaxation in 12. Board Marks
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry of Education has reduced the criterion for board examinations of college admissions. In both 2020 and 2021 admissions, students could only apply for admission based on the entrance exam. Usually, for mark marks obtained in class 12, as well as entrance exams are considered. For example, to be eligible for IITs, one must have 75 percent marks, at least along with JEE Advanced score to be selected.
In case of non-uniformity in boards regarding market calculation formulas, this relaxation can still be followed.
While the dates, number of attempts and relaxations in the syllabus are still under discussion for JEE Main. The Ministry of Education is also holding talks with the Ministry of Public Health about the number of visits in the medical admission examination – NEET. Discussions on maintaining medical access twice a year began when MoE was led by former Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
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