SC: NEET, JEE Main to be held in September; rejects plea


The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea seeking postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main, scheduled in September. The apex court said the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission into the IITs will be held as per schedule.

 “The careers of students cannot put under jeopardy,” the top court said as it dismissed a petition by 11 students to defer the exams due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The two exams are scheduled to be conducted in September. “Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all… Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. Covid may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait another year? Do you know what the loss to the country and peril to the students is?,” Justice Arun Mishra, who headed a three-judge bench of the top court said.

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The 11 students from 11 states, who filed the plea, had wanted the authorities be asked to conduct the exams only after the normalcy is restored.

Nearly 25 lakh students have registered to appear for the national level engineering and medical entrance examinations scheduled to be held in September.

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