New Delhi: Pending board examinations, competitive tests for engineering and medical colleges are unlikely to be held in July, sources have said, due to COVID-19.
The sources in the Education Ministry said that “Safety of students is paramount. The situation doesn’t seem conducive to hold these examinations,” adding that some exams may be cancelled and competitive exams like NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate) or the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) are likely to be postponed.
Speaking to media, officials added that “An alternate grading system for board examinations is being worked out.”
In addition to this, it added that NEET and JEE are likely to be postponed as cancelling them is “not feasible”.
Some states have expressed reluctance in conducting the exams.
Also, the state education departments and the Central Board of Secondary Education had submitted their suggestions last week.
Previously, the CBSE, CISCE exams are scheduled to be held between July 1 and July 15, IIT JEE MAINS for July 18-23 and NEET has been scheduled for July 26.
A nationwide lockdown was announced on March 25 to contain the spread of the highly contagious illness. CBSE and CISCE later scheduled examination for postponed papers in July.