CLAT 2018: Compensatory Marks For Technical Glitches, Says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has directed the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, which conducts the exam, to award compensatory marks to students who lost time due to technical glitches

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CLAT 2018: Compensatory Marks For Technical Glitches, Says Supreme Court

More than 54,000 candidates took the CLAT exam for admissions in 19 national law colleges.

New Delhi:  Around 400 students who took the common online entrance test for legal studies, CLAT, and lost tie due to technical glitches, will get compensatory marks, the Supreme Court has said. The students had approached the top court after they lost 15 minutes and more during the exam for difficulties in logging in and other problems. Though 4000 students had approached the court, only 400 were found eligible.

The Supreme Court has directed the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, which conducts the exam, to award compensatory marks on a pro rata basis and prepare the revised merit list by June 16.

This, however, should not interfere with the first round of counselling, which is in progress, the court said. The students, whose marks are being adjusted, will be accommodated in the next round of counselling, the judges added.

The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT was held on May 13 to select eligible students for 19 Law Schools across the country. But after they found technical glitches in the online test, a chunk of the 54,450 aspirants who took the exam, approached the Supreme Court.

Seeking a re-test, the students said they had lost around 10 to 15 minutes of exam time due to technical glitches like power cuts, login issues, sudden shutdowns and slow computers.

The court said no to re-test, but directed the Kochi-based Central law institute to form a panel to go into the issue.

In its report, the panel suggested that the students who suffered time loss due to technical glitches, can be awarded compensatory marks. This would be based on the number of correct and incorrect answers they have given during the online test.

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