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JEE (Main) May 2021 session postponed: Education Minister Pokhriyal

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The May session of the JEE Main 2021 has been postponed indefinitely, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced on Tuesday (May 4).

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The decision was taken in view of the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in the country.

“Looking at the present situation of Covid-19 and keeping students safety in mind, JEE (Main) – May 2021 session has been postponed . Students are advised to keep visiting the official website of National Testing Agency (NTA) for further updates,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the JEE Main April session, which was scheduled to be held on April 27, 28, 29, and 30 has been postponed due to the rising cases of Covid-19 across the country.

This year, the JEE Main was to be held four times a year. The relaxation was offered to ease off the stress induced by the pandemics in students. Earlier, only two attempts are allowed in JEE Mains. Lakhs of students were expected to appear for the exam.

JEE Main has been held for two sessions so far. In the February session, a total of 6,20,978 students had appeared while in session 2 or March as many as 5,56,248 had taken the entrance exam.

This year for the first time, JEE Main exam has an internal choice. In each section – chemistry, physics, and mathematics – students are asked 30 questions of which they have to answer 25. Earlier only 25 questions from each section were asked. This was introduced as a one-time measure as most of the boards including CBSE and other state boards had curtailed the syllabus by 30 per cent. The ministry while announcing the relaxation had said that this would ensure students who prepare as per the board exams also get through the exam.

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