CLAT 2018: Technical glitches mar online paper; test-takers say poor management at centres
Updated on May 14, 2018 - 3:44 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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CLAT 2018 on May 13, administered in computer mode by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi (NUALS) witnessed multiple glitches at several test centres. While many test takers faced technical glitches which disrupted their test mid-way, the complaint of wrong seating arrangements were also reported from a few test centres.
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It was the 13th year for Common Law Admission Test in online testing mode. Around 59000 applicants had registered for CLAT 2018 which was administered by NUALS Kochi this year.

 

CLAT face glitches again

Over the years, the national level entrance test for law studies in NLUs has been shrouded in controversies for technical glitches and procedural lacunas leading to the announcement of wrong results. In 2016, doubts were raised after the test paper carried questions in bulk from mock test papers of a few coaching centres and preparation related websites.

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“While NUALS Kochi came up with a better CLAT mock test interface, I thought it would be a great online paper this year, but what happened with me at the exam centre has shaken me,” aggrieved Utkarsh, a CLAT test taker from Jodhpur, who complained that his ‘precious’ 20 minutes got wasted as bio-metrics could not be fetched.

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It’s not just the story of Utkarsh, many of the test takers faced such problems at test centres.

Some test takers also complained about encrypted questions and non-visible answers. “When I started my CLAT 2018 paper, I found that after attempting a few questions, questions started appearing in encrypted format or in some coding language, that I couldn’t understand,” said Lokesh, a CLAT taker from Delhi.

A few candidates from other CLAT centres also criticized the exam officials for poor infrastructure. “Mine, as well as my other fellow test takers’ mouse, were not working properly,” shared Manisha, a test taker from Nagpur.

 

CLAT 2018: What actually went wrong?

Careers360 has compiled a list of what went wrong in CLAT 2018. Let’s check out here.

 

CLAT 2018- Technical Glitches

  1. The computer machines hung at several occasions

  2. The questions were first seen encrypted and then in other machine languages

  3. The answers were not visible at first for many questions, however, they appeared later

  4. While clicking on ‘next’ button, it would take you three questions forward

  5. The server failure struck CLAT 2018 takers multiple times

  6. The biometric verification system could not fetch personal data

CLAT 2018 - Infrastructural Glitches

  1. Non-professional staffs and inexperienced invigilators at various exam centres

  2. Some test centres miscommunicated about entry time; CLAT 2018 takers were required to report by 1:30 pm at their exam centres as per the CLAT admit card, however, some test centres had printed that last entry was allowed till 12:00 noon only

  3. Infrastructures at the CLAT exam centres lacked ‘basic standards’ like prompt technical support facilities, cooling facilities etc

  4. Some of the test centres reported regular power cuts which resulted in test disruption as no power back-up was installed

  5. Stationeries (Paper and Pens) for mathematical calculations and other rough works were not provided initially at several exam centres

  6. Seating arrangements were not done properly

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The test paper, however, was of moderate difficulty level, as per experts. Read CLAT 2018 analysis

With reports of technical glitches being reported from multiple test centres, there might be a possibility of re-test. But it will depend on the assessment of complaints by the exam authority. The exam officials are yet to confirm the glitches at the test centres.  Careers360 tried contacting CLAT 2018 Officials and NUALS Kochi but a response to the same is awaited till the time of making this story live. We will, however, any update that officials my come up with on this issue.

 

The case of CLAT at Supreme Court

Further, on May 15, 2018, the Supreme Court also heard an issue on CLAT 2018 discrepancies. The issue was raised by Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, on behalf of IP Academic Shamnad Basheer in the petition seeking permanent body for conducting the Common Law Admission Test. Arguing on the matter, Prof Basheer submitted, “The exam was conducted on Sunday and it was a complete disaster. It is a very very important exam. 60,000 students take the exam after attending coaching classes etc for two years and then exam ends up […]”

“Some students were allowed two hours, some four hours,” further explained Advocate Sankaranarayanan on the issues and ‘technical glitches’ which marred CLAT 2018.

 

What next? 

NUALS Kochi is scheduled to publish CLAT 2018 answer key on May 15. The result of CLAT as per the current schedule is May 31, 2018, and the counselling for admission will begin on June 7, 2018.

CLAT is the admission test for 2300 undergraduate seats on offer at 19 NLUs.

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Can you please tell the best colleges of CLAT in maharashtra.

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020

Hey,

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


Hope this helps.

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what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)

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what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020

Hey

The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

Now coming to specific areas:

GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

Hope this helps.

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is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!

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if two student get same score in clat then how there rank are decided?

ayush mishra 21st Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

The calculation of rank in the situation of two or more candidates securing the same score in CLAT is done by taking into consideration the CLAT Tiebreaker rules. Therefore, it may be possible that many candidates score the same marks but get different ranks. The criteria for tie breaker is as follows:-

• The candidate scoring more marks in Legal Aptitude Section is ranked higher. Therefore, many exam experts advise the aspirants to work harder for this section as it could prove to be the difference maker in the examination.

• If still the two or more candidates can't be separated and the tie still remains, then the older candidate will be ranked higher.

• If still the tie persists, then a computerized draw of lots is done to do the final ranking and end the tie.

I hope it clears your query. Good luck for the exam.

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