From the CBSE through the NTA JEE main exam date, some of the key announcements were made this week. In addition, the new Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan took over the office this week. The National Testing Agency (NTA) made important announcements about two of the most coveted entrance exams – JEE Main and NEET-UG 2021. Here’s everything that happened this week:
First, the CBSE announced that it would split the board year into two semesters with exams at the end of each semester. The board also announced that the curriculum will be streamlined for the year modeled on the previous academic year when the curriculum was cut by 30%. The streamlined curriculum is split into two halves over the two semesters.
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The first semester exams are scheduled to be held in November-December 2021 and include multiple choice (MCQ) questions that only cover the first half of the streamlined curriculum. Term II exams are to be held in March-April 2022 in examination centers determined by the board. These exams will be two-hour work with questions in various formats, but “if the situation is not conducive to normal descriptive exams,” the second semester exams will also be 90-minute MCQ work.
The CBSE will also issue new internal assessment guidelines for grades 10 and 12 students as part of its revised grading scheme for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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Dharmendra Pradhan was named India’s new Minister of Education on Wednesday. Pradhan headed the Ministry of Oil in the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will now oversee the education and skills development portfolio. He will succeed Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, who has resigned from office due to health concerns.
This week the National Testing Agency (NTA) announced the postponement of NEET-UG 2021, which should take place on August 1st. The agency is in consultation with the stakeholders and will publish new exam dates shortly. In the meantime, the Ministry of Education has announced the revised schedule for two remaining sessions of the JEE Main 2021.
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According to the official announcement, the April meeting of the JEE Main 2021 will be held from July 20th to 25th. Around 6.80 lakh candidates have signed up for the April session exams, which have been postponed due to Covid-19. The JEE Main (May) takes place from July 27th to August 2nd. The fourth and final meeting of the JEE Main 2021 (May meeting) will be held from July 27th to August 2nd.
The registration window was reopened for candidates who could not register for the exams earlier. Those wishing to apply for the April session can apply starting this evening – July 6-8. Registrations for JEE headquarters (May) are open July 9-12.
Several states have also announced unlocking plans as Covid cases decline. The Maharashtra government has decided to reopen schools in areas where no active COVID-19 case was reported in the last month.
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Schools are allowed to resume offline classes for students in grades 8 through 12 from July 15. The government of Haryana announced on July 9 that schools would reopen grades 9 through 12 with social distancing from July 16. If the situation remains normal, schools will reopen to other classes.
Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said on Sunday that educational institutions can resume offline teaching after July 6 if the Covid-19 situation continues to improve.
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