CLAT online: Ensuring more efficiency, transparency
Apratim Chatterjee, 28 Feb 2015, #CLAT
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CLAT, the Common Law Admission Test is the most sought after law entrance exam taken by as many as 30,000 aspirants for around 1860 seats in the participating 16 NLUs apart from the other Law schools in the country that offer 5-year integrated law programmes.

Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow is conducting CLAT in the online mode for the first time. The CLAT 2015 committee has also doubled the exam centres, increasing it to 42. The candidates can opt for city of his/her choice as per list of computer-based exam cities at the time of filling application form. Candidates can do some practice tests by downloading the same from the CLAT 2015 website.

 

Advantages of online mode

There are several advantages of online CLAT over the offline format. In the new format, candidates can review or re-answer any question at any point of time during the test. There will also be a panel on the computer screen displaying all the number of questions in different colour scheme indicating questions answered, left unanswered and marked for review. You can move back and forth from any page to check your answers or mark the questions and answer them. In addition, candidates will be mailed the question paper and answers marked by them after the test.

 

Pros and cons

A few law aspirants might find it difficult to adapt to the online format. However, experts say that has got more to do with the aspirant’s psychology. Rajneesh Singh, Law Entrance  expert, IMS, says, “We are so accustomed to paper-based mode that it is difficult to imagine a computer-based test. The best way to overcome this is to get tortured as many times till you feel comfortable.” He further suggests, “Appearing in mock tests will help aspirants in improving their speed apart from overcoming their fear.”

 

Harsh Gagrani, CEO, Legal Edge says, “Each mode has its own share of advantages and disadvantages. Offline mode puts all aspirants on an even ground, and it isn’t very different from how students have been attempting their regular papers. Online mode too, has its own share of advantages. It will help save time. The fact that a student can start right where his test stopped due to some error, is a big advantage.” He further advises, “Solving practice tests will aid CLAT aspirants to prepare well. They will have to prepare a schedule for the next four months… and also stick to it religiously to do well in the exam.”  

Rajneesh-SinghExpert speak

Rajneesh Singh,

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Q. How should one prepare for online CLAT 2015?

A. We think that giving an online exam will be difficult, but that is more of a psychological barrier. In reality, we are accustomed to a paper-based test and, hence it is difficult for us to imagine a computer-based one.

 

Q. What are the problems which aspirants do not foresee in the online mode of CLAT?

A. In my view, a key problem in a computer-based test is that it would not be possible to quickly scan the entire paper in one go, which was otherwise possible in offline mode. Test-takers often scan the question paper and then decide on selecting questions that they can attempt first.

 

Q. Which mode is better? Online or offline?

A. Online test has more advantages. Some of them are:

  • Question to Question Navigation–You will have buttons for every question on one side. This way you can switch over to another question quickly

  • Going back to an unattempted question – Question buttons will change their colour as the status changes. The unattempted, the attempted and the attempted ones desired for a review will have different colours, which will make it easy for you to change your answers during revision.

  • Quick changing of the answer – You can change the answer at any time till final submission of copy.

  • Quick marking of the answer – You do not have to darken the ovals or the answer options, which was time -consuming. In online mode, you can do that with just a click.

Q. What is your message to CLAT 2015 aspirants?

A.  My suggestions are as follows:

  • Practise moving the mouse holding a pen in your hand and try to switch between them for at least 150 to 400 times. Always operate the mouse keeping in the same position as you write. This will result in getting a better grip on the mouse and make you feel at ease. Also practise faster ways to scroll.

  • Learn how to use short cut commands instead of using a mouse click.

  • Blessing in Disguise – “Every problem comes with an opportunity”. Yes, get this clear in your mind that a winner will always take this as a big opportunity because a majority consider this as a disadvantage.

  • Remember that you have to compete over others and it is not about getting good grades.  

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