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New Delhi: Students aspiring for a seat in one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) could get another shot at achieving their dream, as the premier institutions are considering an extra JEE Advanced attempt in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, ThePrint has learnt.

So far, students were allowed to attempt the JEE Advanced only twice. But as an exception to students who either registered but could not write the paper or performed poorly, in the light of the Covid-related problems, the IITs are looking at giving them another chance.

This will, however, be a one-time measure and will be extended to only those who have exhausted their attempts this year.

The Joint Admission Board (JAB), which takes decisions related to JEE Advanced, will discuss this in its meeting to be held soon.

Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi, who managed JEE Advanced 2020, confirmed the development to ThePrint. “The issue will be a part of the JAB agenda,” he said.

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More attempts a student demand

Students can write the JEE Main for three consecutive years with two chances at passing the exam each year — one in January and once in April.

Once they qualify, however, they get only two attempts at JEE Advanced.

But this year there was a demand from students to increase the number of JEE Advanced attempts as many complained that they could not prepare well for the exam since coaching centres were shut down and study material was not available easily.

A letter in this regard was also written to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, requesting the ministry to increase JEE Advanced attempts.

“Candidates get six attempts — two attempts in January and April, each year for three consecutive years for JEE Main while for JEE Advanced only two attempts are allowed as per rules,” the letter by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava read.

“Even after qualifying JEE Main with top ranks in their third attempt, students are not permitted to appear in JEE Advanced. This is unjust, particularly to underprivileged and rural students.”

This prompted the IIT Delhi director to reach out to students through his social media account in September and clarify that the government is thinking of the students’ interests.

“Increasing the number of attempts for JEE Advanced is a decision, which is within the purview of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of JEE Advanced. Please note that IIT Kharagpur is the Organising institute for JEE Advanced 2021. All IIT Directors are members of JAB besides many others.”


He added that the decision to increase the attempts could be taken up after JEE advanced 2020 is done.

“After JEE Adv 2020, IIT Delhi will be handing over the charge to IIT Kharagpur for 2021. In the very first JAB Meeting for 2021 JEE Advanced, this matter will surely come up for discussion and an appropriate decision will be taken,” Rao added.

He confirmed to ThePrint Wednesday, that the matter is a part of the JAB meeting agenda and will be discussed for an appropriate action. Once the decision is finalised, students who exhausted two JEE Advanced attempts will be able take another attempt in 2021.

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  1. Currently JEE MAINS can be attempted six times (i.e 3 years in a row), so JEE ADVANCE attempts should also be increased to three times i.e. three years in a row. This will give more oppourtunity to the students who are willing to get in IIT’s.

  2. Giving one more chance to students so get they can improve themselves and their performance, is not a bad idea !! Due to pandemic students faced many problems in studying properly ….its fair enough to increase attempt in jee advance 2021 .

  3. Giving one more chance to students so get they can improve themselves and their performance, is not a bad idea !! Due to pandemic students faced many problems in studying properly ….its fair enough to increase attempt in jee advance 2021 .Thank you!

  4. I didn’t like that idea it too harmful for students who are going to take exam in next(freshers). It’s too much heavy competition already so it is not good to come up with this decision it will have huge impact on students who are going to give their exam for the first time. Please consider this and don’t take that decision. Its a humble request.

    • The people who are commenting that please ‘don’t consider that decision, competition will go high’ needs to understand that If allowed, the attempt will be given to those who are already not well prepared for Advanced …due to many reasons….Then how is the ‘Competition’ going to increase for ‘those who are in 12 th or 1st year, already well preparing for Advanced?’ How? If allowed it won’t harm 12th or 1st year repeaters at all but could give a Chance to Those who dropped and still couldn’t make IITs, students mostly belonging to rural areas and underprivileged families, not being able to afford coaching… …..Only those people are complaining and crying here , who knows the Advanced won’t be cleared by them either extra attempt given or not….And if allowed they would get an excuse to give that since 2nd year droppers were also allowed so I couldn’t make it otherwise would have come in top 1000….Go and Study …if u prepare well no one can stop u…if u r not prepared..u will do these dramas

  5. Sir please give a 3rd attempt for jee advanced exam bcz we want to prove ourself we are feeling very gilty sir give an action quickly🙏🙏🙏🙏 sir please hamari jindagi ka sawal h covid ki saja hamko intni badi kyo

      • Tumlogo ne toh poora 11 aur aadha 12 coaching bhi ki. Tum hi kara dete droppers ki coaching bhi!
        Aur abhi se fat gyi droppers se? Poore 8 mahine h abhi JEE Adv mei, tum toh nhi padhoge toh bhi ho jaaega. Sc st ka. Humlog hi har baar marte hain.

  6. All 2020,2021,2022 jee attempting batches should be given proper time unlike other batches these r the batches who suffered by this pandemic….. Justice to be done 🙏

  7. plz give another try iit jam guys covid 19 took my study time my father got unemployed and my mother and i have to work in those crisis to give rent for house

  8. IIT ADVANCE paper must be conducted on two Sundays as the short gap between paper 1 and paper 2 is very much injustice in this Covid 19 situation where our immunity stamina every strength is reduced and we are subject to risk

  9. My 11th and 12th is weak in pcm because of some family problems, but I want to crack jee and want admission in IIT. How to crack Jee (mains+advance) in 1 year, please help me.

  10. My 11th and 12th is weak in pcm because of some family problems, but I want to crack jee and want admission in IIT.
    How to crack Jee (mains+advance) in 1 year, please help me.

  11. i have qualifued jee advance but I am not getting IIT this was my last attempt my coaching was close during lockdown so course was not completed please give me one more chance 🥺🥺🥺😭😭😭please

  12. I m SC candidate my father is autodriver I have not money to join iitjee coaching please give 1 year extra chance to give iitjee2021

  13. I really respect the decision taken by the JAD and other higher officials and I also request to give the relaxation for eligibility criteria of jee mains and jee advanced for 2021 because as a dropper it would be very difficult to write improvement and even jee in this pandemic so plz help the droppers who are appearing for 2021 jee
    Hope the JAD and higher officials would take right decision

  14. If 2019 xii pass candidates should get one more chance to appear in JEE 21 then it would be very helpful
    IIT JAB should allow this

  15. This will be a very good opportunity for the students who were not able to prepare for the exam and not qualified during the pandemic crisis.

  16. This would be a very good news(and a reliving one) for students like me. I was preparing hard, but depended on test series for my performance, as I was not enrolled in any coaching. This made me suffer after COVID came as there was no test for those not enrolled in regular coaching classes. As a result, I couldn’t study methodologically, and hence my rank fell. I have qualified JEE Advanced, with a score not good enough to bring me under 8000AIR(mine is 12k). Now I will get a state college or NIT. I will just aim for JEE Adv in my partial drop.

  17. I have registered for advanced but i could not attend exam because of covid please give us another chance

  18. 2020 में सीनियर सैकेंडरी किए बच्चो के लिए भी jee main advance में बैठने के लिए 75% चाहिए क्या

  19. Although I was qualified..I could not submit the application …due to caste certificate update issue .. kindly let me know if I too can apply

  20. By doing this, don’t lose the value of IIT, which is toughest exam.
    Those who will be able to get admission, he will take .

  21. Very good and favourable decision from the side of government. Especially for the rural students. Thanks a lot.

      • Sir , aap se reqest h ki Jin students ka covid 19 ke kaaran 12 th ya 2020 her ka result kharab hu h ya Jo droper h unhe 1 chance or milna chahiye . Yes unke carrier and future is sawal h .please support

    • Please increase the attempt of jee as same medical decause india also need good technology at this time

  22. If it is true then it is very good news for me becoz I can’t perform well because my father is suffering from cancer and he is hospitalized from last 3 months

  23. This is unfair for future aspirants like us. Those who already had their chance don’t deserve to snatch away ours. I am totally against this. They already had months for preparation and two attempts too! This is seriously so disheartening.

    • Why????? So 2021 batch will suffer from this. 2020 batch is getting so much time to prepare and 2021 batch got only 1 year. And seats are not increased a lot. Only 2000 seats are increased that is in each nit Or iit only 10-12 seats are increased. Matlab kuccch bi. 2021 should also protest against this. And by the way 2021 batch should get more benifits

    • Why so offended? Just because you didn’t get it, nobody will get it? Don’t worry son, you won’t get a seat anyways!

    • Ya…you are right…’s unfair .I’m agree with uh…in the other and thay should give 2021’s asprints to one another chance because due to covid asprints are unable to do their study properly …online education not so good and interesting..

  24. Whom so ever respected sir/madam please drop the eligibility criteria of 75%for gen, obc(65%for SC/ST) for jee mains 2021.

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