Good news for candidates who missed the JEE Advanced 2020 exam that was held on September 27. These candidates will now be allowed to appear in the entrance exam next year (2021). Additionally, they will not be required to qualify JEE Main 2021 to appear in JEE Advanced.
This decision has been taken by Joint Admission Board (JAB), IIT Delhi, the organising institute of JEE Advanced 2020 and IIT Council. Various points were discussed over a virtual meeting on October 13 and the party came to such an agreement.
This step has been considered as a one-time measure. Thus, candidates who had successfully registered for JEE (Advanced) 2020 but were not able to write the exam due to COVID-19 restrictions will now be able to appear in JEE Advanced 2021. JAB has also mentioned that this has been done to give an equal opportunity to all the candidates.
In essence, the exam authorities have now brought some relaxation to the existing eligibility criteria and candidates will get a 3rd attempt to write JEE Advanced. Alternatively, as per the exam authorities candidates falling under this category will be considered “in addition to and not as part of the total number of candidates qualifying JEE Main 2021.”
Reportedly, a total of 1,60,838 registered for JEE Advanced 2020 and around 1,50,838 candidates appeared for the exam. If we do the Math, around 10,000 students seemed to have missed the exam. These are likely the students who will be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.