Several engineering aspirants are demanding the postponement of the first session of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main, scheduled to be held in January, as the crucial exam is to be conducted just a fortnight before the board exams and may clash with the practical exams.
The first session of the engineering entrance exam is scheduled from January 24 to January 31, 2023, except Republic Day.
Class 12 CBSE board exams are to be conducted from February 15, 2023 while the practical exams will be conducted in January.
The hashtag “PostponeJEEMains” is trending on social media, with candidates tagging the Ministry of Education and the National Testing Agency (NTA) raising their demands.
“It is the dream of lakhs of students to pursue engineering course and become an engineer and this exam has sentiments attached to their parents and teachers. But due to announcement of premature dates, they are giving up on their dreams.” Ritu, a JEE-Main aspirant.
Social media user Sarfaraz tweeted, “Not giving us a fair chance in JEE Mains would be a great injustice. So please bring fairness when it comes to important exams like JEE.”
Anubha Sahay, advocate and president of the India Wide Parents Association, said, “Students are under stress and it is serious. Just two days back, three students committed suicide due to tension in the coaching hub Kota.
Sahai said, “The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) schedule was released recently and the exam will be conducted in May. Then why can’t the same be done for JEE? There should be uniformity across all entrance exams.”
The second edition of JEE-Main is scheduled to be held on 6, 8, 10-12, 2023.
“The fare for Assam Board practicals from January 25, Bihar Board practicals from January 10, Telangana Board practicals from January 20 and JEE Main from January 24-31,” said Aditya Jha, an engineering aspirant.