NEET, JEE exams 2020: SC dismisses review plea by ministers against conducting exams – education

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The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed review petition filed by ministers of six states, seeking review of the court’s August 17 order to conduct NEET-UG and JEE (Mains).

A 3-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan used to be hearing the review petition filed by ministers of six opposition-ruled states seeking review of apex court’s August 17 order, which had allowed the National Testing Agency (NTA) and central government to go ahead with the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) despite Covid-19 pandemic.

The court had said in the August 17 order, “Life has to go on” despite the outbreak of the viral disease and we cannot put the career of students in jeopardy by interfering with the decision of the NTA to hold the examinations in September.

The JEE Main exam started on September 1 and is scheduled to conclude on September 6, while NEET-UG 2020 will be held on September 13. Almost 9.5 lakh engineering aspirants registered for JEE Main 2020, while over 15 lakh MBBS (medical) and BDS (dental) aspirants have registered for NEET UG.

Meantime, the education ministry on Thursday informed that on the first day of JEE Main, 54.67% of the complete registered candidates appeared for the paper 2- bachelor in architecture and planning exam. On the second one and third days, the attendance of B.Tech and BE stream of exams (paper 1) used to be 81.08% and 82.14% respectively. As per the attendance statistics, 3.43 lakh candidates have appeared for the exam in three days.

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