Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal came online at 6 pm on Jan 7, 2021 to announce that JEE Advanced 2021 will be conducted on July 3, 2021. Along with the exam date, Dr. Pokhriyal also made a big announcement regarding the relaxation in the eligibility criterion for the JEE Advanced 2021. The Minister declared that the 75% marks criteria in the qualifying exam (Class 12 or equivalent) has been relaxed for this year. He said- “The centre has decided to do away with the criteria of a minimum of 75 percent marks in view of the COVID 19 pandemic”. However, other eligibility criteria will remain intact (same as they were for the JEE Advanced 2020).
Previously, apart from qualifying the IIT JEE Advanced exam, aspirants had to obtain a minimum of 75% marks in Class 12 or be among the top 20 percentile in their board examination to secure a seat in an IIT. However, considering the COVID-19 situation, this criteria has been relaxed for 2021.
This announcement was made via his official twitter handle during a LIVE interaction with students. He also stated that IIT, Kharagpur will be the governing body of the JEE Advanced 2021. The Education Minister wished candidates all the best for the exams and said- “I wish all the students the very best, all the candidates have enough time to prepare for the exam”.
After careful consideration, it has been decided that #JEEAdvanced will be held on 3rd July 2021 and the eligibility criteria of scoring 75% marks has been waived off for the ease of students. pic.twitter.com/f8WgrNeOhR
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) January 7, 2021
On 4th January, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal had notified on his official twitter handle that he will announce the JEE Advanced 2021 exam dates and eligibility criteria for admission on 7th January at 6 PM. He tweeted- “My dear students, I will announce the eligibility criteria for admission in #IITs & the date of #JEE Advanced on 7th Jan at 6 PM. Stay tuned!
Previously, in mid-October 2020, Joint Admission Board announced that eligible candidates who were not able to appear for the JEE Advanced 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to appear for the JEE Advanced 2021 directly, without having to appear for the JEE Main 2021.
The official statement from the board stated-
“To address the concerns of the affected candidates, while avoiding the prejudice to other candidates, it has been decided to allow all the candidates, who had successfully registered to appear in JEE Advanced 2020 but were absent in the exam, to appear in JEE Advanced 2021, as a one time measure.”