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JEE Mains and NEET in July, IIT entrance test in August — HRD minister announces dates

Ramesh Pokhriyal made the announcement during a live interaction Tuesday, where he addressed queries of students grappling with the disruption caused by lockdown.

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New Delhi: The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains for admission to engineering colleges across the country will be held from 18 to 23 July, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said Tuesday.

JEE Advanced, which is meant for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), will be held in August, Nishank added, saying dates will be announced later.

The minister also said the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges will be held on 26 July. 

Pokhriyal made the announcement during a live interaction Tuesday afternoon, where he addressed several queries of students grappling with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 lockdown in the academic calendar. He had held a similar live interaction with parents last week, where he tried to address queries, especially from parents of school students.

All the entrance exams across the country had to be postponed indefinitely because of the preventive measures put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19. Lakhs of students were eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new date for both NEET and JEE.

ThePrint had reported earlier that the much-awaited announcement of dates was likely to happen Tuesday during the live interaction

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Lakhs waited for announcement

More than 15 lakh students across the country have registered for NEET this year, whereas more than 9 lakh have registered for JEE Mains. Students needs to clear the JEE Advanced for admission to IITs. The exam takes place after JEE Mains.

With the entrance dates delayed, the start of the new session in engineering and medical colleges will be as well. While the minister did not specify details about the start of the new academic session, sources in the ministry said classes will begin only after September.

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