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Bombay HC hears petition on postponement of JEE Main

The bench also set the next hearing in the case against the National Testing Agency (NTA) on January 10.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday held the first hearing on the plea for rescheduling JEE Main 2023 exam, scheduled in January. A division bench of Justice S V Gangapurwala and Justice Sandeep V Marne has asked the petitioner, who filed the plea on December 26 to submit relevant evidence. The bench also set the next hearing in the case against the National Testing Agency (NTA) on January 10.

A PIL filed by activist Anubha Srivastava Sahai in addition to the postponement has also urged the NTA to remove the 75 percent eligibility criterion, as “the marks scored by them is not a true reflection of their actual ability therefore those students with fewer 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),” the PIL stated.

The petitioner underlined that the class 12 students will have their practical exams, vivas, etc in January, which will coincide with the JEE Main 2023 January session. It further reasoned that the HSC, CBSE, and ICSE (class 12) exams are also set to begin on February 1, which will make the exam calendar chaotic for class 12 students across the board.

“Where are the rules for the exams? We have to see how the rules are unfair. How can you say they are unfair? How can you file a petition without rules which you have challenged? You place those on record,” the bench asked the petitioner.