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Prospective Law Students Claim Malfunctional Mice and Glitches Messed up Crucial Entrance Exam

Almost 6,000 test-takers complained about the CLATastrophe.

by Anup Tripathi
31 May 2018, 1:27pm

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On 31st of May the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) results were declared amid a controversial verdict by the Supreme Court, which nullified the concerns of over 6,000 registered complainants and others who complained personally to individual law universities.

The next joint hearing takes place on June 6, when the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)—the institution against which the petition was filed—will suss out all the “genuine complaints”.

VICE spoke to Shivam Shandilya a 20-year-old from Lucknow, who is one of the petitioners in the case. He explained “Once the exam started, the screen went blank due to which I lost around 8-10 minutes. Invigilator was in no position to help and I ended up hitting the ‘re-examination’ button as advised by the examiner.”

He added, “Malfunction of mouse and system were there, as my cursor took more than 15-20 second to move onto next question. That’s why I lost 30 minutes.” After the answer key was released he, “found 15-20 questions were shown as ‘NOT ATTEMPTED’. Overall CLAT 2018 was a disaster.”

A 20-year-old student from Lucknow, Abhyuday Mishra, explained “I lost 30 plus minutes because of technical glitches which ultimately destroyed my results.” In his plea to NUALS he stated “Please understand my cause and mental agony I suffered during exam and my long hours of preparation just washed away due to pathetic glitches and mismanagement.”

Ali Kabeer, also 20, from Lucknow, also had issues with the exam. “I prepared the entire year. This was my second attempt. I was ready. But then ‘NUALS’ happened and everything fell apart. The paper was infested with idiotic and illogical questions which should never be asked in an entrance exam. But then the real problem I faced was the wrong answers in the answer key. Although I didn't really face any glitches, the exam itself was a glitch.” He told VICE he wasn’t hopeful of a positive verdict on June 6.

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