New Delhi, 16 February 2022 – The Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE-Main) aspirants will get only two attempts to appear for the exam this year, instead of the four attempts that candidates got last year. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has decided to conduct the entrance exam only two times in 2022 – one in April and the other one in May.
In 2019, the number of attempts allowed to a student was increased from one to two. Then keeping the impact of the pandemic in view, the number of attempts allowed was increased from two to four. NTA considered the best of the four attempts as a candidate’s final score in 2021. However, now that the situation has somewhat improved, the number of attempts has been decreased back to two.
JEE Main 2022 – Reason for Decreasing the Number of Attempts
As per a report by Times of India (TOI), the reason for offering four attempts in 2021 was due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation is a bit under control now, the number of attempts have been decreased to what they were in 2019.
An official from the Ministry of Education told TOI, “[The] Situation was different due to the second wave. However, things have improved and based on the current situation it has been decided that two attempts would be as beneficial. The registration will start by the end of this month [February 2022].”
Another reason for the decrease in number of attempts is the delay in school-level exams, including the Class 12 board exams. The CBSE Class 12 exams will commence from April 26, while the CISCE Class 12 exams will be conducted from the last week of April. As candidates can only appear for the JEE Main examination and seek admission in IITs and other institutions after their Class 12 exams, the delay will cause a decrease in the window for admissions.
JEE Main 2022 – Important Details
- JEE Main is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) every year.
- It consists of two papers – Paper-1 and Paper-2.
- Candidates may opt for either or both of the papers.
- Both papers contain questions in the multiple choice question (MCQ format).
- Paper-1 is for admission to B.E. and B.Tech courses and is conducted in a computer-based test mode.
- Paper-2 is further divided into Paper-2A and Paper-2B.
- Paper-2A is for admission in B.Arch course and Paper-2B is for admission in B.Planning course. These papers are also conducted in computer-based test modes, except for the ‘Drawing Test’ (part of Paper-2A), which shall be conducted in pen & paper mode or offline mode.