Joint Entrance Examination, JEE and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2021 exam dates are also on the agenda today in the high level meeting called by the Central Government. While the primary topic is CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021 as well as other 12th Board Exams, the pending entrance exams for professional courses would also be discussed.
Contrary to the widespread demand for cancellation of 12th board exams, there has been a relative silence from aspirants of JEE Main and NEET examinations. Most of the students are in favour of conducting the exams. For JEE Main students, the biggest concern is that 2 sessions of the examination have already been conducted. With half of the students already appeared and other half remaining, cancellation of JEE Main 2021 is unlikely.
Students, though worried about the situation at present, wish to appear for the examinations. “With all the uncertainty, I would rather the exam dates be announced and exams conducted. Smaller batches, strict safety protocols can be put in place…but yes, the situation has to be under control and a favourable vaccination target should be achieved before that!” shared Pranav who is appearing for the engineering entrance exams
The concern for NEET students continue to be a bigger one. Many students are now anxious as there is no notice in regards the examination. While a few are hoping for NEET exam to be cancelled, many have agreed that if 12th Board Exams are cancelled, NEET exam may be the only solution to medical and dental courses in the country.
“I could not get admission in a medical college last year and I have been preparing ever since. If NEET is cancelled, then I would have wasted two precious years of my life. Even if it is delayed, there is some hope. I do not know how cancelling the exams would help,” shared Shrinivas.
Amid the bravado, however, is the fear of the pandemic. With more deaths and cases in lakhs, the pandemic continues to impact the lives of students. Many have either seen a fatality up close or within their known circle. With the devastating impact of the second wave, the fear of loosing a loved one looms larger than a year of their lives.
“My friend lost his father, we lost a teacher to the pandemic within this month. Three of my friend’s family members are in hospital. I am not ashamed to admit that yes I am scared. If cancelling the exams means losing one academic year out of my life, I would still opt for it. As I would choose life over COVID,” shared Snigdha, a Class 12 student who is also preparing for NEET entrance exams and hopes both are cancelled