No change in NEET-UG, CUET, JEE (Main) as per schedule’

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NEW DELHI: There will be no change in schedule for any of the competitive exams conducted by the National Testing Agency

(NTA) scheduled between July and August 2022. NTA

is conducting three big entrances — Common University Entrance Test-UG (CUET-UG), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-UG (NEET-UG) for medical and allied courses and Joint Entrance Examination-main (JEE-main) for engineering and architecture programmes — in this period and a section of candidates have been demanding postponement of the same stating various reasons including less time for preparation as well as delayed counseling and start of the academic session for the NEET-UG 2021 batch.

Last week NTA announced the dates for CUET-UG which is to be conducted between July 15 and August 10. The NEET-UG is scheduled for July 17 and JEE

 (Main) from July 21 to July 30. While over 9.5 lakh aspirants have registered for the CUET

, 18.72 lakh candidates have registered for the NEET. 

According to senior officials from the ministry of education none of the three exams will be rescheduled. They said that unlike in 2020 and 2021 when exams had to be postponed multiple times due to the Covid waves thereby adversely affecting the academic calendars, there is no such reason this time for rescheduling and all agencies and institutions are now trying to bring the academic calendar to pre-pandemic period.

Aspirants on social media are demanding postponement of all the three exams, especially NEET-UG and CUET. While postpone CUET demands gained momentum since the declaration of the dates with one candidate Tweeting “Sir please consider our request to postpone cuet (ug) 2022, we completed our 12th boards just a few days back. we need to cover many topics that were deleted for boards, general test and language. We need time for preparation. It’s our humble request,” “postpone NEET” has been trending on social media for over two months now.

Asking the candidates not to pay heed to rumours of postponements, a senior government official said: “Exams are on schedule. Last two academic sessions were already distrusted for various reasons, pandemic being the primary. We are trying to bring that on track and that can happen only when we conduct the exams on time. Students should not get misguided by any rumours or claims by private coaching institutes of any postponement.”

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