The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted the education sector across the world. In wake of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Coronavirus a global pandemic, NEET, JEE and exam of schools, universities were cancelled and academics have shifted from classrooms to homes and reliance on online education has increased manifold.
This has also led the NTA (National Testing Agency)to change plans for undergraduate admissions. NTA is the nodal body that conducts entrance examinations for JEE and NEET which are the gateway to admissions in several public and private engineering and medical institutions across the country.
Postponement of JEE twice
The Joint Entrance Examination(JEE) is conducted every year for admission in several engineering institutions across the country. The exam has two phases, first being JEE-Mains which is conducted every year in April and is a complementary examination for the next phase JEE-Advanced. JEE-Advanced is conducted in May or June every year.
In 2020, as the pandemic started spreading across the country, the JEE-Mains exams were postponed from April to June. But, due to an increase in the number of cases the exams were postponed again in June. JEE mains now is scheduled to be held between September 1 to 6. Whereas JEE Advanced will be conducted on September 27.
Introduction of Artificial-Intelligence based application for preparations
Educational institutions and coaching institutes which help students prepare for JEE have been shut down. NTA introduced an artificial intelligence-based app for students. The app called National Test Abhyas helps the student to take mock tests. The AI suggests the field in which they need improvement. The initiative aims to help the students practice as much they want before the examinations.
Postponement of NEET
National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) is conducted every year in May for admissions to medical and dental colleges across the country. For the NEET examination in 2020 several changes have been made. Owing to the pandemic this exam is now scheduled to be conducted on September 13.
NEET score will be the basis for admission in AIIMS and JIPMER
From 2020 onward, scores obtained in NEET will also be the basis for admissions in AIIMS and JIPMER. Earlier, the All India Institute for Medical Sciences(AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research(JIPMER) used to conduct their own entrance examinations for admission in undergraduate courses. Authorities tool the decision to scrap separate exams for AIIMS and JIPMER in the last quarter of 2019.