JEE Advanced 2020, 2021 Candidates Approach SC for An Extra Chance

New Delhi, 27 April 2022: JEE Advanced 2020 and 2021 aspirants have filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC), asking for a second chance to take the examination in 2022. 

These petitioners have challenged the notice which was issued on December 30, 2021, as per which, the following kind of aspirants are ineligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2022:

  • Those who were not able to qualify the examination in 2020 and 2021
  • Those who qualified in the examination in 2020 and 2021 but got low ranks

Aspirants plea against Relaxation in JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2022

On December 14th, 2021, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of JEE Advanced held a meeting to discuss the various suggestions received regarding the JEE Advanced eligibility criteria. Thereafter, In a circular published on the official website (jeeadv.ac.in) on December 30th, 2021, the board concluded that “the exceptional circumstances and hardships faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic required some relaxation to be given” and noted that such relaxations would be provided as a special one-time measure only. 

Under the relaxations provided, an extra chance to appear for JEE Advanced is being provided to – 

  • Those who appeared for Class 12 or an equivalent exam in 2020 and 2021 and also registered for JEE Advanced but did not appear for the exam.
  • Candidates who appeared for Class 12th (or equivalent) exams in 2020 for the first time are also eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2022 PROVIDED they satisfy the following two criteria simultaneously: 

(i) The candidate should have appeared ONLY ONCE for JEE (Advanced), either in the year 2020 or 2021; OR, should NOT have appeared in any paper in both JEE (Advanced) 2020 and JEE (Advanced) 2021. 

(ii) These candidate(s) should appear/should have appeared in JEE (Main) 2022 and meet the cut-off score of the top 2,50,000 successful candidates (including all categories) for qualifying for JEE (Advanced) 2022 in their respective category.  

However, the petitioners argued that this circular did not keep in consideration the students who appeared for JEE Advanced during the pandemic but didn’t qualify or obtained low ranks. 

Pinpointing a contradiction with the Supreme Court’s judgement in Vijay Lakshmi v Punjab University 2003 (8) SCC 440, which said that that the ‘question of unequal treatment does not arise if there are different sets of circumstances,’ the plea of JEE Advanced 2022 aspirants stated that – Now in the present case, there are no changes in circumstances under which relaxation is being given to the students who failed to qualify the preliminary exam – JEE(Main) and by default could not sit for JEE(Advanced); and to those who did qualify JEE(Main) but did not register for JEE(Advanced); and to those who did not even register for JEE(Main) in the 1st place but such relaxation is being denied to the petitioners herein who qualified JEE(Main) both times and appeared in JEE(Advanced) both times in 2020 and 2021 under same circumstances.”

NOTE: The applicants’ request to appear in JEE Advanced 2022 was made through AOR Sachin Sharma.

LINK TO OFFICIAL CIRCULAR ON RELAXATION IN ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CANDIDATES APPEARING IN JEE (ADVANCED) 2022

Revised JEE Advanced 2022 Dates

Event  Old Date  Rescheduled Date
Registration for JEE (Advanced) 2022 8th June 2022 7th August 2022
Last date for fee payment of registered candidates 15th June 2022 12th August 2022
Admit Card Download  27th June – 3rd July 2022 23rd August 2022
JEE (Advanced) 2022 Examination 3rd July 2022 28th August 2022
JEE (Advanced) 2022 Examination Result  18th July 2022 11th September 2022

Note: The exam timings for JEE Advanced 2022 remain the same. Paper 1 will be held from 9 am to 12 noon. Paper 2 will be held from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

JEE FAQ’s 

In 2021, I took my Class 12 examination for the first time. Is JEE (Advanced) 2022 open to me?

Yes, you are qualified to take JEE (Advanced) 2022 if you meet all other eligibility requirements.

What is the recent plea by the JEE aspirants all about?

Some students who did not pass the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2020 and 2021 have petitioned the Supreme Court against the notification by JAB - Joint Admission Board dated December 31, 2021, disputing the regulation that disqualifies them from the relaxation of additional chances granted by the authorities.

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