Announcing the decision, union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday tweeted, “In view of the persistent demand from the student community and to enable the candidates to maximise their performance, the National Testing Agency has been advised to provide a gap of four weeks between session three and four of the JEE(Main) 2021 exam.
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“Accordingly, the JEE (Main), 2021, session four will now be held on August 26, 27 and 31, and on September 1 and 2. A total of 7.32 lakh candidates have already registered for JEE (Main), 2021, session four,”
A total of 7.32 lakh candidates have already registered for fourth edition of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main.
Pradhan said that registration for the JEE-Main session four is still in progress and dates for registration will be extended up to July 20.
“In order to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number of cities have been increased from 232 to 334. The number of examination centres in every shift will also be increased from 660 to 828,” said Sadhana Parashar, senior Director, NTA.
The ministry of education had last week announced that the pending editions (third and fourth) of JEE-Main will be conducted from July 20-25 and July 27 to August 2.
JEE-Mains for admission to engineering colleges is being conducted four times a year from the coronavirus-hit current academic session to offer flexibility to students and a chance to improve their scores.
The first phase in February was followed by the second phase in March, while the next phases were scheduled for April and May.
But those were postponed after a spike in the number of cases of coronavirus during the second wave of the pandemic.