With the NEET and JEE exams to be held in September, students took to social media to demand postponement of the exams due to the pandemic.

Students all over the country demand for the NEET and JEE exams to be postponed. This year’s JEE exams have been scheduled to be held in the first week of September while  NEET on the 13th. On Monday the Supreme Court rejected a plea demanding a further postponement of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). After postponing the exams twice this year which were to be held in May and April, the Supreme court rejected the plea stating “precious years of students cannot be wasted and life has to go on”.

Students have been given certain instructions by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts these exams. These have to be followed by candidates when they appear for their papers. The instructions suggest that candidates appearing for JEE-Main will have to submit a self-declaration form along with a photograph as a proof that they have not tested positive for Covid-19 and have not had any symptoms like fever, dry cough or difficulty in breathing in the recent days. This form will have to be submitted at the examination centre after it is verified by an exam centre officer and signed by the candidate on the spot.

A 19-year-old girl who was preparing to appear for the exams died by suicide in Chennai as she was depressed and scared about the exams that will be held in September. Owing to the present situation, students have been demanding to postpone the exams in the wake of the COVID pandemic. They demanded that the government should not conduct exams during the pandemic endangering the lives of students.

While schools, offices and major institutions remain shut during these times the idea of having to appear for their entrance exams has resulted in students having anxiety and stress. They took to social media to share their concerns hoping to reach out to the authorities. Various Content Creators also raised the voice in the matter, urging authorities to postpone the exams.

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