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JEE Advanced 2020: IITs to consider proposals on syllabus cut, changes in exam format

If the schools do not reopen timely, it can also impact the entrance exams scheduled to be held in 2021. JEE Main first attempt for instance is scheduled for January 2021.

Written by Shyna Kalra | New Delhi | Published: July 11, 2020 12:38:21 pm
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The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will discuss reducing the exam syllabus and changing the entrance exam format for the coming JEE Advanced. This among other proposals will be pitched for discussion at the review meeting of Joint Admission’s Board (JAB). The meeting is scheduled to be held in the coming week and the final decision will only be taken after the meeting.

This year, the IIT-Delhi is conducting the JEE Advanced. Talking to indianexpress.com, V Ramagopal Rao confirmed, “The proposal on the format of exam, syllabus, social distancing norms are up for discussion in the review meeting next week. The decisions will be taken after JAB’s nod and would be for the JEE Advance 2020.”

As reported by The Indian Express earlier, IITs are also considering doing away with the board exam requirement for the entrance exam for the year. This is being done as several boards including CBSE and CISCE have decided not to go ahead with pending board exams and devised their own assessment schemes.

As per rules, it is mandatory for a candidate to have at least 75 per cent marks in boards or be in the top 20 percentile of the class 12 exams.

After the CBSE had decided to cut their syllabus by 30 per cent, it is being speculated that this might have a cascading effect on NEET and JEE — entrance exams for medical and engineering, respectively. The entrance exams’ base their syllabus on CBSE class 11 and 12 formats. However, talking to indianexpress.com, several coaching institutes have said that even in normal circumstances, students have to refer to extra study material beyond the prescribed CBSE syllabus for JEE Main and NEET, and the syllabus reduction might not be effective unless the exam pattern is also changed.

If JEE Advanced lessens its syllabus, it is likely that JEE Main too will follow a reduction. For JEE Main there are also high chances that the January 2021 attempt too gets postponed if the schools do not re-open timely. However, an official confirmation on this is awaited from the National Testing Agency (NTA) – the exam conducting body.

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