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New Delhi: Students aspiring for a seat in one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), who missed the chance due to the Covid pandemic this year, will get another chance in 2021, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) announced Tuesday.

In an emergency meeting, the JAB, which comprises of IIT directors and faculty as its members, decided that students who missed the Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) 2020 due to Covid will be given another chance to appear for the examination in 2021. This, however, will be a one-time exemption.

As reported by ThePrint last week, many students had requested the Ministry of Education and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, the organising institute for JEE (Advanced) this year, to grant an additional chance to students to appear for JEE Advanced. IIT Delhi director V. Ramagopal Rao had told ThePrint that the issue will be taken up in the upcoming JAB meeting.

Candidates to directly appear for JEE (Advanced) 2021

In a statement, IIT Delhi Tuesday said, “In an emergency meeting, which was held virtually on October 13, the Joint Admission Board (JAB), having the authority to frame the policies, rules and regulations of Joint Entrance Examination under the guidance of the IIT Council, has considered relaxation of the eligibility criteria and decided to permit an extra attempt for those candidates who were unable to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020 on account of being Covid-19 positive.

“The JAB also discussed in detail the various options open to it for those candidates who were prevented from appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020 due to restrictions imposed due to Covid-19. Subsequently, to address the concerns of the affected candidates, while avoiding prejudice to other candidates, it has been decided to allow all the candidates, who had successfully registered to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020 but were absent in the exam, to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2021, as a one-time measure,” it added.

The JAB has also decided that these candidates will not have to qualify JEE (Main) 2021 and will be allowed to directly appear in JEE (Advanced) 2021 on the basis of their successful registration to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

This relaxation of existing eligibility criteria will be in addition to proportionate relaxation of age bar.

“Further, it was decided that these candidates would be considered in addition to and not as part of the total number of candidates who would qualify from JEE (Main) 2021 for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021,” the statement added.

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