JEE Advanced 2020 to be held on May 17; US added in exam centres’ list

JEE Advanced 2020 to be held on May 17; US added in exam centres’ list

New Delhi, September 17: JEE Advanced 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on May 17, 2020. IIT Delhi will be organizing the national level engineering entrance exam next year. The entrance is held for admission to 23 IITs.

Test centre to be set up in San Francisco

Several major decisions were taken during the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) meeting held recently. One of the key decisions is to conduct JEE Advanced exam, for the first time, in the United States also. An examination centre will be set up in San Francisco for this purpose.

“JEE Advanced is an examination conducted by all IITs for admission to IITs. IITs have taken a conscious decision to encourage cultural diversity on their campuses. JEE exam is now conducted in five countries worldwide and we have added the USA to this list. The US have benefitted significantly by the presence of a large number of IIT alumni there and there is considerable awareness in the US about IITs. Conducting JEE in the bay area is a logical thing to do,” Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, has been quoted as saying to a national daily while speaking about the decisions taken by the IIT JAB.

The increase in the number of takers is another major change introduced for JEE Advanced 2020. Earlier, top 2,40,000 candidates from JEE Main were considered eligible for appearing in the JEE Advanced. The number has been increased by 10,000. Thus, a total of 2,50,000 students (including all categories) from JEE Main 2020 will be shortlisted to appear in JEE Advanced next year.

Exam schedule

The first paper of JEE (Advanced) will start at 9.00 a.m. and conclude at 12 noon (IST) on May 17, 2020. The second paper will be held from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (IST).

Prof Siddharth Pandey, Organizing Chairman, JEE (Advanced) 2020, said, “Paper 2 that used to start at 2 p.m. earlier, is now scheduled to start at 2:30 pm. This is to allow students, especially the PwD candidates, more time between the two papers. This will also help in conducting biometric verification at the centers in a timely manner.”

In 2019, along with India, JEE (Advanced) centres were also set up in Dubai (UAE), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore and Colombo (Sri Lanka).