2,480 pupils to take CLAT at 15 centres in Bihar

PATNA: Altogether 2,480 candidates will take the 11th Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) at 15 centres in the state on Sunday. This year, the online exam is being hosted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies-Kochi for admission to 19 national law universities in the country. The results will be declared on May 31.
Bihar’s CLAT coordinator S P Singh said on Saturday, “At least 2,200 law aspirants will appear for the exam at 12 centres in Patna while 280 will take the test at three centres in Muzaffarpur from 3pm to 5pm.”

The entry of candidates will be restricted after 2pm. “They have to bring admit cards and ID proofs. They will be frisked twice — by metal detectors and by a team of police personnel and district administration officials at all centres,” said Singh, who is also the zonal coordinator of Delhi, NCR and Gurugram.

CNLU is among the 19 law institutes for admissions in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes. Admissions will be taken on the basis of a candidate’s merit list.
Both the UG and PG papers will be two-hour long. “The UG paper will be of 200 marks (including mathematics, logical reasoning, legal aptitude, English and current affairs) and the PG paper will carry 150 marks (including constitutional law, jurisprudence and other law subjects). Negative marks will be given for every wrong answer,” Singh said and added the first answer key would be uploaded to http://www.clat.ac.in by May 15 and the revised one on May 27.

Total 59,000 students are appearing for the online test at 258 examination centres in 65 cities across the country this year.
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CLAT 2018: What to Expect

CLAT 2018 has already thrown surprises by changing its interface twice within a span of 10 days, just two weeks before the exam! Initially, the demo test provided to help students acquaint themselves with the changed interface didn’t have any tabs to select sections. Tabs were introduced, as a drop down, just a week before CLAT. Many aspirants have been left baffled, while dreading what lies in store for them on May 13. What you can expect in CLAT 2018? CLAT is divided into five sections. Following the instructions the CLAT Office has shared with the registered students via email on May 11, 2018, the order of the sections is expected to be somewhat like the one mentioned below:

1. Verbal Ability (English): VA section comprises 40 questions. As per the trend of the last few years, one must expect questions from reading-comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. For the last two years, this section has been largely dominated by vocabulary-based questions, with just one passage for reading-comprehension. One can also expect a few reasoning-based questions. This section, usually,can be completed quickly, with the saved time utilized in other areas.

2.General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section, in the past three years, has been dominated by Current Affairs. The questions have been largely from events reported around the months of November to April. Also, being an online test, CLAT allows those who are setting the paper to add a few last-moment surprises (as evident in 2016 and 2017, when questions were asked based on events 2-3 days prior to the exam). The ideal strategy for this section is to avoid devoting too much time to it; and, when in doubt, mark for review, and move on.

3. Logical Reasoning: For the past 3-4 years, this section has been largely focused on Analytical Reasoning. One can always expect a few tricky areas. Practice is the key to crack this section. One must avoid getting into the trap of wasting time on lengthy questions.

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4. Mathematics: This is the section most law aspirants fear. However, the questions are fairly easy, covering Elementary Mathematics. Of late, questions from Arithmetic havebeen predominant.One must attempt the easy questions first; and not spend more than 15 minutes on this section, under any circumstance.

5. Legal Aptitude: This is the tie-breaker section, it plays a vital role in deciding the ranks, and thus the allotment of NLUs. For the past two years, there has been a mix of Legal Knowledge and Legal Reasoning questions, with Legal Reasoning accounting for 35 of the 50 questions. For the past two years, maximum number of questions has been asked from The Law of Contracts. However, areas like Law of Crimes, Constitution, and Torts are also important. Last-Minute Tips

  • Always attempt first the section you are most comfortable with.
  • Gauge the difficulty level of the paper in the first two minutes; don’t rush through.
  • Solve the questions that you know, leave out the ones you don’t. When in doubt, mark for review; and move on.
  • Most importantly, enjoy the exam, instead of worrying about it. Remember, any surprises, if any, will be for all, and not just you.

Fast Facts

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is scheduled on May 13, 2018. CLAT is the gateway to 19 National Law Universities and certain private law schools, like Nirma University, UPES Dehradun, NMIMS Mumbai, etc. With new NLUs (like the one in Jabalpur) being announced, it is expected that these NLUs too will accept CLAT score at a later stage for admissions. With CLAT being conducted on a rotation basis by the NLUs, the exam has been extremely unpredictable. Unlike other major law entrances, CLAT is a computer-based test; thus requiring aspirants to change their approach, and have the ability to manoeuvre quickly through the paper.

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NLUs Flouting Disability And NRI Seat Norms: Affidavits Filed Before SC Reveal Sorry State Of Affairs [Read Affidavit]

A public interest petition (PIL) to reform the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), filed more than 3 years ago, appears to have been resuscitated recently, Supreme Court bench comprising Justice S.A.Bobde and Justice Nageswara Rao asked the Additional Solicitor General to address the Court on the question whether National Law Universities (NLUs) can be considered and declared as institutes of national importance.

The PIL filed by Prof. Shamnad Basheer asks that a permanent body be established for conducting CLAT, rather than leaving this to individual NLUs (National Law Universities) year after year. The PIL takes issue with the opaque and inefficient implementation of CLAT and  highlights innumerous lapses and errors.

Subsequent affidavits filed in court point to the fact that various NLUs have violated norms relating to reservation of seats for PWDs (Persons with disabilities), as well as norms relating to Non-Resident Indian (NRI) seats. In this regard, LiveLaw examined two such affidavits filed by Prof. Basheer. Here is a summary of the submissions from the affidavits

CLAT-2016

The first affidavit filed in August, 2016, concerns the ninth edition of CLAT which was conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, on 8 May, 2016. The Affidavit points out that the seat allotment for CLAT-2016 was in blatant contravention of Section 39 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995, which mandates a minimum of 3% reservation for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).  It alleges that:

  1. No seats had been horizontally reserved for PWD by NUSRL, Ranchi, and MNLU, Mumbai
  2. Less than 3% of seats were reserved by DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam and HNLU, Raipur.
  3. NALSAR, Hyderabad, NLIU, Bhopal, WBNUJS, Kolkata, GNLU, Gandhinagar, and RGNUL, Punjab had rounded down decimal figures to the nearest lowest integer, thus flouting the settled legal position in relation to the rule of rounding off, i.e., if part is half or more, its value shall be increased to one. For instance, if 3% of the total seats at a college equaled 3.84 seats, these colleges rounded down the decimal and horizontally reserved only 3 seats for PWDs instead of 4.
  4. Lastly, some NLUs had not based their calculations on the total intake of seats (i.e., all India Category, State Category and Special Category Seats) but only on the All India Category Seats and State Category Seats, which again is in violation of the mandate of Section 39, as interpreted by the courts. The Affidavit asserted that the total number of seats earmarked for PWD candidates would have been higher had the 3% rule been adhered to in letter and spirit.

The Affidavit went on to point out that no consolidated rank list was released, keeping the candidates in the dark about their chances of getting upgraded to a higher NLU in the subsequent allotment lists. Further, in the absence of such list, there was no way of verifying the errors in the allotment of seats under various horizontal (PWD, women) and vertical (general, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, etc.) categories.

The affidavit also alleged violation of NRI seat norms as laid down by the apex court in P.A. Inamdar & Ors v. State Of Maharashtra & Ors., which clearly held that such seats must be capped at 15% of total number of seats, and two conditions are to be complied with: “First, such seats should be utilized bona fide by the NRIs only and for their children or wards. Secondly, within this quota, the merit should not be given a complete go-by.” 

Various NLUs flouted the above norm by  stipulating that candidates seeking admission through the NRI quota need only be “NRI sponsored”. This, the affidavit alleged allowed any rich privileged student in India with some far-flung nexus to an NRI to gain special unequal treatment, without scoring well enough in CLAT. Moreover, the Affidavit also pointed to the fact that various NLU’s did not ensure that the amounts received from NRI fees were used to subsidize the education of the underprivileged, as required under Inamdar.
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CLAT-2017

Another Additional Affidavit filed in November, 2017, concerned the tenth edition of CLAT, which was conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna, on 14 May, 2017.
The Affidavit pointed out that the publication of allotment list was fraught with errors, including by way of listing candidates who held ranks under reserved categories as unreserved category candidates, causing them to be denied an allotment. This problem was exacerbated by the fact that there was no consolidated rank list, making it difficult to verify the errors in the allotment of seats under various horizontal (PWD, women) and vertical (general, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, etc. (categories)

The Affidavit also highlighted the mishandling of supernumerary seats reserved for Jammu and Kashmir students. As per the Affidavit, even though several participating NLU’s had 2 supernumerary seats reserved for candidates from Jammu and Kashmir, the CLAT office did not release any official rank list for this category, forcing students to individually follow multiple deadlines and different procedures to submit their applications for seats under this category. Moreover, the J&K merit list was delayed to the point where a few NLU’s had already closed their application windows. This, it said, “severely prejudiced” candidates from the state, giving them no certainty or predictability in the admission process, and posed the risk of them losing their duly earned seats altogether.

In the light of such allegations, the Affidavit reiterated the need for a centralized process, submitting, “Absence of a centralized, streamlined process only causes further confusion and anxiety in the minds of students; while at the same time paving way for authorities to take advantage of this opacity to potentially admit students who may not be entitled to the seat in accordance with the merit list.”

The Affidavit went on to highlight the irregularities in publication of the NRI/ NRI Sponsored merit list as well, submitting that the absence of a consolidated category-wise merit list rendered the entire process of seat allotment devoid of any transparency whatsoever. Illustratively, it points out how the CLAT Committee, on its official CLAT 2017 Counselling website, had provided a link titled ‘WBNUJS NRI List’, which upon opening reflected the names of the candidates admitted to WBNUJ under the NRI/NRI Sponsored category for the previous year.

This, it said, reflects the “sheer callousness and apathy in administering a professional exam in a competent manner and releasing accurate merit and category lists“, adding, “More egregiously, such inaccurate lists only serve to mislead candidates, who, upon not seeing their names reflected on the list, would assume that they were not allotted a seat in WBNUJS, when in fact the list has nothing to do with the 2017 exam, but predates to the 2016 exam!”…

Furthermore, discrepancies in the seats reserved for PWD category had surfaced during CLAT-2017 as well. As per the Affidavit:

  1. No seats were horizontally reserved by NUSRL
  2. As many as seven colleges rounded down decimal figures to the nearest lowest integer, while calculating the seats to be horizontally reserved for PWD.

Read the Affidavit Here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kAuSBX6C3Ff5ypIZjxXnFFd0koC1R5f4/view

Source Credits: LiveLaw

 

Resonance Students shine in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2015 Result

Students of Resonance Commerce & Law Program Division (CLPD) has performed brilliantly in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2015. Result of CLAT-2015 was declared on 20th May (Wednesday).

Prakhar Gupta of the Institute has secured All India Rank – 94 by scoring 111.5 Marks out of 200. Vartika Thakur secured All India Rank – 475 while other students who secured good All India Ranks required to get admissions in National Law Universities (NLUs) include Vidit Goyal (AIR-1171), Ankush Jain (AIR-1455), Ayush Gupta (AIR-1481), Tapan Gupta (AIR-1488), Sakshi Upadhyay (AIR-1642) & Pragya Singh (AIR-2017). Continue reading