JEE Advanced 2021: Supreme Court gives relief to these students, will be able to submit memorandum to authority

The Supreme Court on Wednesday exempted a group of students to apply before the appropriate authority against a provision in the information brochure of JEE (Advanced) 2021. Under this provision, candidates are required to appear for JEE within two years of appearing for Class XII or its equivalent examination. Justice A. A bench headed by M. Khanwilkar said that the petitioners appear to have approached the Supreme Court directly without making an application before the Chairman of Joint Enrollment Board, JEE (Advanced), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

“Accordingly, we dispose of this writ petition with the exemption that they first apply before respondent no. 2 (Chairman, Joint Nomination Board),” the bench said, comprising Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice C.T. Ravikumar was also involved. The bench, in its order, said that this application should be decided expeditiously and it should be decided before the last date of application for JEE (Advanced) 2021. It said, “We are not expressing any view on the correction of the claim made in the present petition. All options of law are open.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by five students, stating that they had passed Class 12 examination in the academic year 2018-19 and secured admission in prestigious institutions like IITs as per the norms laid down in the information brochure for 2021. His last attempt to do so was only till 2020.

The petitioners submitted that they have cleared the JEE Mains exam in 2021 but they are aggrieved by a clause in the prospectus, which mandates a candidate to appear for the examination within two years of passing the 12th or its equivalent examination, whereas as per the provision Age limit is 25 years.

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