Applicants stated that they passed the JEE Main exam in 2021 but were dissatisfied with a provision in the brochure that required a candidate to sit for the exam within two years of passing their 10 + 2 or equivalent exam, despite the age limit being 25 years.
The Supreme Court has granted freedom to a group of students who are aggrieved by a section of the JEE (Advanced) 2021 information brochure, for which a candidate must appear for the examination within two years of passing the twelfth or equivalent examination. Appropriate authority on the issue.
A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said that the petitioners went directly to the apex court without representing the chairman, Joint Admission Board, JEE (Advanced) Office, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
“Accordingly, we have disposed of this writ petition independently of the petitioners to represent the respondent number two (Chairman, Joint Admission Board) before the appropriate authority,” said a bench comprising Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and the City. Ravi Kumar. The bench in its order said that the representation was decided quickly, especially before the last date of submission of application for JEE (Advanced) 2021.
“In the present petition, we are not expressing any opinion in one way or another about the validity of the claim,” it said, adding that “all questions of law have been kept open”. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by five students who passed Class 12 examinations in the 2018-19 academic year and said that JEE (Advanced) 2020 was their final endeavor as per the criteria laid down in the 2021 data brochure. Safe admission in an institution of excellence like IIT.
Applicants stated that they had passed the JEE Main exam in 2021 but because of a section in the brochure they were annoyed that a candidate had to take the exam within two years of passing their 10 + 2 or equivalent exam, although the age limit is 25 years. They sought directions from the apex court that the disqualification prescribed in section 4 of section 11 of the information brochure because it disqualified candidates who passed Class XII in 2019 from appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021 even after becoming JEE Mains. Article 14 of the Constitution is “arbitrary and violative”.
The petition, filed by Advocate Sumantha Nukala, directed the concerned authorities to consider the possibility of appearing for the JEE (Advanced) Exam 2021 scheduled for next month for the applicants and those who have qualified for JEE Mains 2021 in their third attempt. As a matter of “fair and just opportunity”.
The petition states that the applicants were registered and appeared for the JEE (Advanced) examination conducted in September last year, but they could not do well due to serious obstacles in preparation due to nationwide lockdown in COVID-19 epidemic and other conditions. “This indulgence has been sought as a matter of career-saving opportunity, as the situation of the applicants was no different from that of the absentees who have now taken advantage of the opportunity to appear directly for the JEE (Advance) 2021 given to them by the Joint. The Admissions Board issued its press release dated October 13, 2020, ”it said.