JEE Main 2023: PIL Before Bombay High Court To Defer Dates

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A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed before the Bombay High Court on Monday to postpone the exam date of JEE Main 2023. The petition has sought relaxation of the 75 per cent eligibility criteria introduced by the NTA for appearance. It states that students of the academic year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, who cleared the board exams during the Covid period, are going to apply for the JEE exam. These students have been assessed on the basis of class performance and other formats instead of full board exam format. The marks obtained by them are not a true reflection due to the unprecedented impact related to Covid on the academic cycle.

The PIL also states that the notification dated 15.12.2022 was issued with short notice for the upcoming JEE Mains exam to be held in the month of January 2023. During the same time period, pre-board and practical examinations are scheduled by various state boards.

The PIL contends that students will find it difficult to appear for the JEE Main exam to be held from January 24 to January 31, 2023, as it will affect their academic career.

“This year the JEE Main exam notification was released at a very short notice and due to this many students appearing for the boards were under a lot of pressure. Some board practicals and vivas were scheduled during JEE Main 2023 as well as the national exam Anubha Sahay, President and Advocate, India Wide Parents Association Against National Testing Agency (NTA) told ABP Live, “Defence Academy Services Selection Board Interview.”

“Many students have approached me regarding this issue. They have made representations to the authorities. However, their concerns have not been addressed, and we were left with no option but to approach the court. Should be considered and relief should be provided.” …,” said Sahay while talking to ABP Live.

What are the concerns of the students?

”I passed class 12th from UP board in 2022 and got only 67 per cent marks due to Covid. Our class started late. I took the drop for JEE Mains preparation. Now NTA has added 75% criteria to appear in the exam. I just want that 75% criteria should be removed and exam should be rescheduled for April as we also want some time for preparation. My father had taken a loan to send me to Kota. What if the criteria is not removed?

An Abhaas told ABP Live: “As a student of 12th CBSE board, my first concern is why NTA announced the dates in a very short time span. There is very little difference between board exam and JEE exam .Exactly 40 days before the exam. Exams, officials released the dates. My pre-boards are from Jan 1st to Jan 15th. I don’t know how to manage the various exams.”

Another aspirant Lakshita said, “NEET aspirants got their dates 4 months in advance and we got ours 40 days before the exam. As you see JEE is the second toughest exam in India which a 17 year old kid like me has given.

What is the 75 percentile criteria in JEE Main?

According to the NTA, the 75% criteria states that students need to score at least 75% marks in class 12 board exams or top 20 percentile marks in an equivalent exam to be eligible to appear for the JEE exam. SC and ST category candidates are given relaxation in 75% criteria. For SC and ST category, 65% is mandatory in 12th board exam to be eligible for JEE exam.

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