JEE Main 2023: Bombay High Court to hear plea on 75% eligibility criteria
The request to eliminate the 75% eligibility requirement for the JEE Main 2023 will be heard by the Bombay High Court on April 6. The petitioner has pleaded with the National Testing Agency (NTA) to remove the 75% eligibility requirement for this attempt through this appeal.
According to the PIL, “those students with less marks than the eligibility criteria (75%) for this year’s examinations can score very high marks in the upcoming JEE Main 2023, and if a fair chance is denied to them that will affect the future (of) lakhs of bright (students)” because “the marks scored by them is not a true reflection of their actual ability.”
The petition had previously also requested that the January session of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2023 be postponed. However, the Court rejected that argument, and on April 6, a hearing on the elimination of the 75% eligibility requirement was scheduled.
In the 2023 JEE brochure, the IITs reinstated the eligibility requirement of 75% marks on the Class 12 board exams for admission to NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs. The eligibility criterion was removed during the Covid years. According to the brochure, candidates must have scored at least 75% on their Class 12 board exams (for the general category) or be in the top 20% of successful candidates in their respective categories.
The plea to relax the requirement of “two attempts in two consecutive years” for students who did not take the JEE Advanced twice, or even once, in 2021 and 2022 because of Covid is another JEE issue that is still pending in the Delhi High Court. Prior to hearing the appeal, the Delhi High Court requested that the respondents submit their responses. Due to last-minute changes in the exam center, candidates claimed they were unable to take the exam because they encountered technical difficulties and were unable to arrive on time.
However, the Union Education Ministry stated on Monday that no proposal for a one-time relaxation of criteria is being considered.
“The affected candidates were permitted to participate in re-examinations for Session 1 on June 29, 2022 (Shift-2) and Session 2 on July 30, 2022 (Shift-1) after thorough verification. In addition, the JEE (Main) – 2023 exam is open to candidates who have passed the Class 12 or equivalent exam in 2021, 2022, or 2023.
In the meantime, the NTA has begun the second session of the JEE Main 2023 exams today. The days of April 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12 will be used for the engineering entrance exam. The JEE Main reserve dates are April 13 and 15.
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