During a virtual interaction with students, the Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that they are exploring the possibility of holding the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) three or four times a year. A proposal is being evaluated on reducing the number of questions that students can attempt in JEE (Main) 2021. “We are closely looking into the possibility of holding JEE three to four times a year,” Pokhriyal said.
The syllabus for JEE (Main) 2021 will remain the same as the previous year According to a statement released by the ministry, “a proposal is under examination where students will be given the choice of answering 75 questions (25 questions each in physics, chemistry and mathematics) out of 90 questions (30 question each in physics, chemistry and mathematics).”
“Regarding the concerns raised by students relating to syllabus and dates of JEE, Pokhriyal said that the suggestion of JEE (Main) 2021 to be held four times in a year will be examined positively, beginning in the end of February (thereafter in March, April and May 2021) for three to four days each time,” the ministry added.
The ministry of health and family welfare and the National Medical Commission (NMC), the medical education regulator, are being consulted on whether the examination should be conducted online or offline.
Earlier in the day, Pokhriyal had said that his ministry is open to suggestions on how the exam can be conducted – whether in online or offline mode.