Published: 15th April 2020
No, JEE Main 2020 has not been postponed, NTA refutes fake viral notice saying exam is in July
The NTA also put out official phone numbers and websites for candidates and parents, advising them to rely on authentic information available on the official websites
National Testing Agency (NTA), the statutory body that conducts the JEE (Main) and NEET examinations has released a notice on Tuesday refuting the claims of a fake document making the rounds on social media that the JEE Main 2020 Engineering entrance exam has been postponed till July. The NTA said in their public notice on April 14 that there is no truth in the circulated fake notice and they have not decided on the fresh dates for the JEE Main April examination yet.
The fake document that went viral on social media, raised concerns among engineering aspirants about the delay in the exam. However, NTA warned the candidates about fake notices and clarified it in their notification. The examination needed to postponed due to the nationwide lockdown amid the Coronavirus outbreak that has now been extended to May 3, 2020.
"The candidates are advised not to be misled by such false information and fake
notices. The NTA will also take strict action by filing an FIR under relevant provisions of the IT Act and IPC against those unscrupulous elements who are creating and circulating such false information to mislead the candidates," the agency clarified in their notice.
The NTA also put out official phone numbers and websites for candidates and their parents and urged them to rely on the authentic information available on the official website of NTA- jeemain.nta.nic.in and www.nta.ac.in. "For latest updates or call at 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953 and 8882356803 for any further clarification," they added.
The fake notice
The fake notice issued in the name of NTA, doing the rounds on social media, was made to look similar to official notifications released by the testing agency for the exam-related updates. While at the first look, it would be difficult for the untrained eye to notice the discrepancies, however, closer inspection by students, parents who regularly follow updates by the NTA, revealed that the formatting, language and style in which the notice was drafted are quite unusual.