JEE Advanced 2020: Foreign Candidates Fly to India, No Exam Centres Abroad, Details Here

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25 September 2020: JEE Advanced 2020 will not be held in a foreign land this year owing to challenges thrown in by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IIT aspirants who are foreign nationals will have to fly to India to appear in the examination. The JEE Advanced Examination is to be held on September 27. A total of 89 foreign candidates and students overseas, holding citizenship of India have registered for the JEE Advanced 2020 examination. 

Siddharth Pandey, the Organizing Chairman of JEE Advanced, said: "As our faculty could not fly outside India, we expressed our inability to conduct JEE Advance in foreign countries. But Students have paid fees to take the exam here. So, they will come to India".

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The official notice uploaded by JEE reads "Due to the current restrictions imposed on foreign travel and visa issuance, it is decided not to conduct JEE (Advanced) 2020 in foreign centres”.

The notice uploaded by the JEE officials further read that all eligible students who're staying abroad and wish to appear in JEE Advance 2020 can select their preferred exam cities for examination.

JEE Advanced 2020: Important Dates

JEE (Advance) 2020 examination date is 27 September 2020. The Joint Entrance Exam is scheduled to be conducted for undergraduate engineering students across the nation. 

For JEE Advance scheduled dates, see the table below:



JEE Advanced 2020 Admit Card availability

21 September - 27 September 2020

JEE Advanced 2020 Exam Day

27 September 2020

JEE Advanced provisional answer keys

29 September - 30 September 2020

JEE Advanced 2020 result

5 October 2020

JEE Advanced 2020 seat allotment process

6 October 2020


The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advance 2020 is scheduled to be conducted in September. As per the notification uploaded by the JEE officials, the entrance exam will not be conducted in foreign centres located in different countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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JEE Advanced 2020: Previous Year Trends 

In 2019, 807 foreigners registered for JEE Advance out of which 53 candidates managed to take the paper, and only 1 student qualified. 

On the other hand, in India, more than 2.5 Lakh students applied for JEE last year, and 1.6 Lakh students qualified for the same.

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The IIT JEE (Advanced) examination for foreign students was held in states like Kathmandu Nepal, Singapore, Dhaka, Dubai UAE, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and Colombo Sri Lanka in 2019. 

Due to the current coronavirus situation, students from around the globe will have to come to India in order to give the IIT JEE Advanced 2020 examination. 

JEE Advanced 2020: Exam Center Allotment Details

IIT Delhi Director Ramgopal Rao said, "For these candidates, we were able to allocate a city among the eight preferences that they provide in their registration forms. We did the best considering the pandemic and the scale operation.". 

He added, “Nearly 1.3 lakh candidates (or 85.4%) have been allocated the first choice of the city they had opted for, while 97.9% of candidates got an exam city among their top three choices".

The centre count for JEE Advanced for the year 2020 is 1,000. A total of 5,320 candidates were unable to pay their examination fee for JEE Advance 2020, out of which 40.5% were allocated with an exam centre of their choice. 

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Referring to the data, IIT Director Ramgopal Rao added: "These are students who have completed their registration partly but have not paid their fees. Therefore, they were given the least preferences.”.

He added, “This is with the assumption that they are unlikely to attend the exam. They will have to pay the fee at the centre to be able to take the examination".

Physically challenged students were allocated with their first choice of examination centre irrespective of whether they paid their exam fees or not.