New Delhi: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during a live interaction with students, teachers, and other stakeholders on Thursday said that the ministry is under consideration to increase the number of attempts for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). “We are considering to increase the number of attempts for JEE from two to three or four following the suggestions received,” he said. Also Read - Cancel CBSE Board Exam 2021 Demand: 'Practically Impossible to Ensure Safety of Students', Priyanka Gandhi Writes to Centre

He also said that based on the situation in the past and in case the situation does not improve in the near future due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry have decided to allow more time for students for their competitive exams. Also Read - NEET, JEE, KCET Online Crash Course Launched For Students in Karnataka at Rs 40 | Details Here

Stating that many students have been demanding the conduct of JEE exam more than twice a year, the minister said that this matter will be discussed with stakeholders. While responding to a request raised by a student who asked the minister to reduce the syllabus for competitive exams, the minister noted on suggestions of reducing syllabus by 10-20 per cent but nothing was confirmed on this. He also spoke about postponement of the exams if the pandemic situation does not improve. Also Read - JEE Mains Exams 2021: Here are the Tips and Tricks That Can Help You Pass With Flying Colours | Watch Video

Education Minister said that the discussions are in place and it is possible that the paper pattern may be tweaked (like introducing choices or giving less questions from the portions that have been removed) in the competitive examinations. Suggestions on reducing syllabus by 10 to 20 per cent was noted by him. There is, however, no indication that the same would be done.

Earlier, Pokhriyal had also asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) to discuss with state boards before finalising the syllabus for entrances.

After there was a lot of confusion regarding the upcoming board and entrance exams, the education minister decided to hold today’s live interaction. He also answered several queries raised by stakeholders during the interactions.

And, due to the ongoing pandemic, and postponement of exams there have not been any physical classes yet this year. Hence, the students have been demanding a delay in exams and syllabus cuts for the entrance examination. Keeping the demands in view, some of the boards including CBSE, CISCE, and many state boards have already announced syllabus cuts.

During the previous academic session too, the education minister had announced JEE Main, NEET exam dates, and several other major announcements through live interactions across social media platforms.