Fresh dates for JEE, NEET: JEE, NEET exam new dates: In a relief for engineering and medical aspirants, the HRD Ministry said on Sunday that fresh dates for competitive exams –JEE and NEET– will be announced soon and we are planning to release the new dates on May 5.

“The fresh dates will be announced by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. This will put an end to uncertainty for the aspirants. The minister will also interact with students online the same day,” reads the official statement of HRD Ministry.

With the further extension of the lockdown till May 17, candidates were curious for the latest update on the examination.

Initially, the NEET UG exam 2020 was scheduled for May 3 while the JEE Main April session exam was scheduled to begin from the first week of April. However, both the examinations were postponed after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown till April 14 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The lockdown was then extended till May 3 pushing the exam dates even further. Now, the lockdown has been extended till May 17.

The examinations will be conducted only after the lockdown ends and the situation normalizes. The HRD minister will announce the revised dates for the JEE and NEET exams on Tuesday.

HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will also address students’ queries through a webinar on Twitter and Facebook on May 5 from 12 noon onwards.

While Joint Entrance Exam-Mains (JEE-MAINS) is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for medical colleges.

Mean-while, With the states registering over 2,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 count has crossed the grim milestone of 42,000-mark. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has climbed to 42,533. The death toll has increased to 1,373 as India recorded 72 deaths in the last 24 hours. Both the number of new cases and fatalities on Sunday were the highest reported in a single day so far.