Why are students still requesting that the National Testing Agency (NTA) postpone the first session of JEE Main 2023?

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For more than a month, engineering hopefuls have been asking the National Testing Agency (NTA) to push back the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main 2023) session 1 and get rid of the 75% eligibility requirement. After the NTA announced the JEE Main 2023 test dates on December 15, 2022, students taking Class 12 board exams have been flooding Twitter with appeals.

The JEE Main 2023 session 1 exam is set to start on January 24, just a week prior to some boards’ essential board examinations. This JEE 2023 exam will also conflict with board practical tests. A legal request was made to the Bombay High Court regarding the matter. However, the court declined to delay JEE Mains 2023 as changing the exam at such a short notice would have a “domino effect”.

The practicals of Assam Board will start on January 25, Bihar Board on January 10, and Telangana Board on January 20. These exams will occur during the period of JEE Main, which will be held from January 24-31. Additionally, the NTA is likely to publish the JEE Main admit card 2023 and the exam city intimation slip on the official website jeemain.nta.nic.in.

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With only five days remaining until the IIT JEE Main 2023 examination, students are still requesting the NTA to delay the January session 1 tests. As the NTA declared the JEE Main 2023 test dates a mere month prior to the session 1 schedule, students informed the office through social media about the conflict with the CBSE Board practical exams, but there was no answer from the exam organization.

Many students have been asking the NTA to announce the JEE Main dates three months ahead of time, like they usually do. With such little notice to prepare, the students have become worried. They have been inquiring why the JEE Main 2023 exam was set during the pre-boards when the Class 12 board exam 2023 results are so important for entry into BTech, BE, BArch programs at IITs, NITs.

Anubha Srivastava Sahai, a child rights activist who filed a suit requesting a delay of the JEE, expressed in a series of tweets that the government reported on November 1 that there is currently no dialogue surrounding JEE Main. As a lot of students are taking the offline exams for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started, they had started to ready themselves in accordance with their pre-planned schedule.

Sahai stated that pre boards were incredibly important to the students as the new 75% criteria and top 20 percentile were implemented without warning on the 15th of December. This caused confusion among the students and a great deal of stress.

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On January 10, the NTA declared that it would be easing the 75% requirement, stating that those who have achieved 75% marks or are in the top 20 percentile in their 12th class of any board can now apply to the NITs and IITs and take the JEE Advanced 2023.

Sahai expressed her worries about the sudden changes in the exam schedule for such an important exam, as well as the new stipulation that a student must score in the top 20 percentile and 75% or higher to be eligible for admission. She also noted that those who have already dropped out will not be able to meet these criteria and will face difficulties. Furthermore, she pointed out that if a student works hard to get a good score on the JEE, but their state board’s top 20 percentile is higher than 75%, they will not be able to get in. Additionally, if the student’s state board doesn’t declare a top 20 percentile, they will have to obtain a certificate from the board, otherwise the CBSE percentile will be used, which is often higher than 75%.

Mayank Tewari

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