No hybrid option

The Bench said it “hopes and trusts” that the authorities would take all precautions to ensure that no candidate is exposed to “anything untoward” during the exams. Ergo, a modification of the examination pattern at this stage is bound to confuse students and arguably lead to discrimination in the process of evaluation.

Exam format

For the period of the pandemic, however, it will cover only the rationalised syllabus of Term I.

Officials contest NEET, JEE turnout claims

"At least 61 percent JEE candidates appeared in the first half of the exam in Siliguri centres today," official sources said, adding, "On an average, over 55 percent aspirants appeared in the centres."

Exam imbroglio

Those in favour of a deferment including Chief Ministers of important states such as West Bengal, Maharashtra and Odisha argue that the holding of the examinations, which decide admissions to engineering and medical colleges, will endanger public safety and put to inconvenience candidates who will have to travel long distances to reach test centres.