The Joint Entrance Examination, JEE Main 2022 will be split into two sessions, this time. Although the first session is completed and the second is set to begin on July 21, contenders are now asking for an additional chance. Students assert that a number of problems, such as server failures, the Agnipath protest, and the Assam flood, affected the first attempt of JEE Main. The remaining tests should either be postponed at the request of the students, or a second chance should be offered.
The aspirants of the engineering entrance exam have highlighted that last year the exam-conducting body, National Testing Agency (NTA) held the JEE Main 2021 four times due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This year too, there have been several disruptions and they be given an extra attempt. They have taken to social media platforms including Twitter, with the hashtag #ExtraAttemptJEEMAINS2022.
All India Student’s Union (AISU) claimed in a letter to the NTA dated July 5 that some candidates were unable to arrive at the exam site in time because of either protests or flooding in the north-east. The letter also noted that more than 500 trains had been cancelled, section 144 had been implemented in numerous areas of the nation, and the internet had been shut down. Due to server issues, question papers were not completely visible in many exam centres. In order to “ensure fair chance and opportunities,” the students further asked the NTA in their letter to provide them an additional JEE Mains attempt in 2022.
They have sought a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that they have been turned down by all others. They said they now want the PM to hear their grievances. A large section of students have also tweeted with the hashtag Chalo Modi Awas or ‘let’s go to Modi’s residence’ and are claiming to start a march towards PM’s residence.