Considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the following lockdown on the academic calendar, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may reduce the exam syllabus as well as change the entrance exam format for JEE Advanced 2020.
The JEE Advanced, scheduled to be held in September, will be held by IIT-Delhi this year. The final decision on this matter will be taken at the Joint Admission’s Board review meeting to be held next week, as per the Indian Express reports.
IIT Delhi is conducting JEE Advanced 2020 and Director V Ramagopal Rao told Indian Express that a proposal to change the JEE Advanced 2020 exam format and reduce the syllabus would be discussed at the JAB review meeting.
Due to the prevailing uncertain condition, many board exams were cancelled opting for the alternative assessments including CBSE and ICSE exams, the IITs are also thinking of removing the board exam marks criteria for the IIT entrance exams or JEE. The rules state that students taking the JEE exam must score at least 75 percent in their board exams or should be in the top 20 percentile of the class 12 exams.
Recently, CBSE has reduced its syllabus up to 30% for classes 9 to 12 for the next academic year (2020-21), in view of this, a point of concern arose related to NEET and JEE since both the entrance exams base their syllabus on the CBSE syllabus of classes 11the and 12.
Usually, students have to study material beyond their CBSE syllabus to go well in JEE and NEET in usual circumstances. The syllabus reduction would be helpful for JEE candidates only if the exam pattern changed accordingly.
NOTE: If the JEE Advanced 2020 syllabus is cut, then the JEE Main exam syllabus will also likely be reduced as well. JEE Main 2020 is scheduled to be conducted between September 1 and 6, 2020.