Amid chaos and restlessness among CLAT 2017 takers regarding answer key and discrepancy in the question paper of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) held on May 14, 2017, Careers360 spoke to CLAT 2017 Convenor Dr A Lakshminath. The CLAT Convenor said that an expert committee is being set up to look into the concerns raised by students and experts. He says that maintaining fairness in the system was his utmost priority and any necessary action required towards this will also be taken very soon.Related PostCLAT 2019CLAT Application Form 2019CLAT Admit Card 2019
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Read this interview to know what Dr Lakshminath shares more on the controversy surrounding CLAT 2017 testing.
Careers360: CLAT takers and experts have raised doubts on CLAT 2017 answer keys and also discrepancies in question paper. What is your take on this?CLAT 2017 Convenor: We are looking into the concerns raised by different stakeholders. However, let me clarify that CNLU Patna is only responsible for smooth and fair conduct of the exam on behalf of all participating National Law Universities (NLUs) of CLAT 2017. It was a Common Law Admission Test Expert Committee which had set the question paper and no particular NLU can be held responsible for this. The expert committee comprises several members representing different NLUs.
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Careers360: What should the CLAT 2017 takers do now?CLAT 2017 Convenor: CLAT 2017 Committee has facilitated an online link on CLAT official website for filing objections and doubts on the questions and answer keys. The test takers takers are advised to file their objections on the question paper and answer key of CLAT through the official online link only by May 19, 2017 (11:59 pm). This will also help us to understand their concerns in a better way.
Careers360: How can CLAT 2017 takers file their objections?CLAT 2017 Convenor: The CLAT 2017 takers need to register their objections by logging into CLAT 2017 question paper objection link given in the official website till Friday, the 19th of May, 2017.
Careers360: Is the CLAT Committee facing any problem during the objection filing process of CLAT?CLAT 2017 Convenor: There are some candidates who have sent the representation and objections regarding the CLAT answer keys and questions to the official e-mail of the CLAT office. It is not to be done in this way. Candidates who have sent the representation and objections are advised to register the same by logging into their registered CLAT id within the prescribed time and date; i.e., till Friday, May 19, 2017. Moreover, the representations made directly to the official e-mail address shall not be entertained at all.
Careers360: How will CLAT Committee respond to the concerns of CLAT 2017 takers?CLAT 2017 Convenor: Another expert committee is being set up for reviewing the objections and representations being made by CLAT examinees and experts. Once the expert committee files its report to the CLAT Committee, necessary actions will be taken in this regard. Moreover, if the expert committee finds the objections to be correct, an amended answer key of CLAT 2017 will be published by the CLAT Committee on May 25, 2017 and thereafter CLAT results 2017 will be announced by May 29, 2017.
Careers360: What is your message for CLAT 2017 examinees?CLAT 2017 Convenor: I assure to the CLAT takers that nothing will go wrong. The CLAT Committee will follow whatever it takes to maintain complete transparency in the examination process.
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Yes, you can surely apply for the Common Law Admission Test while appearing for the board exams of class 12 for admission to UG courses. The eligibility criteria for CLAT states that the candidates
who have passed their class12th Board Examination or The Senior Secondary School Examination can apply for the exam. In addition to it, the aspirants have to secure a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying exam for General Category and for SC and ST candidates, they need to secure 40% marks in qualifying exam. However, not only the students who have passed their class 12 examination can apply but
also the candidates who are appearing in their qualifying exam can appear. In the case of admission to UG courses, this qualifying exam refers to Class 12 examination and hence you have all the rights to appear for it and there is no problem in applying for the exam but you also have to ensure that you fulfill the educational (and also other) eligibility criteria for the exam.
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The actual number of applicants for the Common Law Admission Test differ every year and is usually experiencing a 8-10 % increase every year. Although the official records have many caveats attached to it but previous three year participants statistics is as follows:-
CLAT 2017:- 50,676
CLAT 2018:- close to 55000
CLAT 2019:- 60,000 approximately
So, approximately 55000 to 60000 students apply for the Clat examination every year. This number is the sum of total applicants for UG courses and the PG course. So, if you want to know about the UG course, approximately 50,000 people fill the exam every year and this year too you can expect the same trend.
However, it has to be said that many of those applicants fill the exam just to have an experience of a competitive examination after class 12 and hence if you are serious enough and have prepared well for the exam then your real competition is with probably 15000- 20000 people. Now, that is not any small number to compete against but given the stature of the examination, you will have to face such competition in order to fetch a seat in the top NLUs.
these are some of the best colleges you have through clat in Maharashtra -
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad
Kirit P Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune
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