JEE Main, NEET 2020 Latest Updates: Demands resurface on Twitter for postponement of exams

Will JEE Main, NEET 2020 be postponed again? Know what students and some leaders are demanding on Twitter and other platforms.

JEE Main & NEET 2020: With less than five days left for JEE Main and around 15 days for NEET 2020, the demand to postpone both the exams have surfaced again. Even though the Supreme Court recently rejected a plea seeking postponement of NEET and JEE examinations 2020, students are still demanding to cancel the two exams.

In recent developments, various hashtags on twitter such as #MODIJI_POSTPONEJEENEET and #BOYCOTT_CoachingMafia are trending. With these hashtags, students are requesting the Central Government and MHRD to postpone the exams citing various reasons.

Why are students demanding to cancel the JEE Main and NEET?

While posting on Twitter with the aforementioned hashtags, students have cited their reasons to cancel both the exams. The two primary cause of concerns are:

Covid-19 Pandemic: The growing cases of Coronavirus in India is the major concern of students going to appear in JEE Main and NEET 2020. Around 2 million (20 lakh) students in total are about to appear for both the exams. With such a huge number of aspirants, there will be a huge gathering at exam centres and that will pose a huge risk of transmission among students and their families who visit the centres. There are 60,000 to 65,000 new case of COVID-19 in the entire country daily. Most of the students on social media platforms are referring to similar reasons to postpone the exam.

The authorities are continuously reiterating that the precautions taken by them to conduct these exams will address all the concerns of students. But for lakhs of students, it sometimes seems impossible that the centre will be equipped enough to provide all types of protections to students against COVID-19. Below are the few screenshots of tweets by students to postpone JEE Main 2020 and NEET exam.

Flood and alike situations across the country: According to media reports, it is found that around 900 people were killed till August 17 in 11 states of the country due to the flood or flood-like situations. States such as Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Parts of Meghalaya and Maharashtra (mainly Mumbai) are worst affected. In such situations, it will be almost impossible for students to reach exam centres and appear in JEE Main or NEET 2020, which in turn will ruin their year and preparation for the exam.

Moreover, these are not the only reasons that are scaring students to appear in the exams. There are several other concerns of students and their parents. Few of them are:

Travelling: If somehow students make themselves ready for the exam, the point of concern is travelling not only to distant centres but also in local. Everyone doesn’t have a vehicle of their own to reach the NEET/ JEE Main 2020 exam centre. They have to use public transport where it is nearly impossible to detect the infected patients.

Mental Health: Another serious concern is the mental health of students. Both NEET and JEE Main are high-pressure exams. Candidates have to push their boundaries in terms of preparation to get the desired result in these exams. But in the current situation, conducting the exams will not only add to the pressure of performing well in these exams, but the fear of catching a fatal infection will also take a toll on the minds of students.

Political leaders supporting students to postpone NEET and JEE Main

With the rising demand for cancelling the two exams, various political leaders have also come to support the students on this. Subramanian Swamy, Rahul Gandhi, Mamta Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik and Manish Sisodia have requested the government to postpone NEET and JEE Main 2020 for some time. Except Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, who wrote a letter to the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in this regard, all leaders have tweeted in support of students to cancel the exams. Candidates can go through the tweet of various leaders below:

The concerns of students are quite valid to postpone the exam. Some students are also demanding for cancellation of JEE Main and NEET 2020 but that’s not possible. However, candidates should also prepare themselves for the situation if the exams are not postponed further. They must revise their syllabus thoroughly, and procure sanitisers, masks and face shields to minimise chances of infection.


Q. Is JEE Main and NEE 2020 postponed?

A. The MHRD decided not to postpone the JEE Main and NEET 2020. JEE Main is scheduled to be conducted from September 1 to 6, while NEET is scheduled on September 13.

Q. Will JEE exam be postponed?

A. Growing cases of COVID-19 and flood-like situation in India may cause students problem to appear in the exam. In such an adverse situation, there are chances that the exam may get postponed. However, there is no such announcement from students on that.

Q. What if JEE Main and NEET get cancelled?

A. If the JEE Main exam and NEET are cancelled for the year 2020, it will have a great impact on undergraduate engineering and medical admission process for the academic session 2020-21. Cancellation of the exam will lead to changes in the admission rules.

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