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‘Answers underlined in a part of CLAT paper'

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We have not received and reviewed the papers yet: CLAT convener

Goof-up:Some students who attempted Common Law Admission Test question paper titled ‘B' said right answers had been underlined for a few questions in the legal and logical reasoning sections.
Goof-up:Some students who attempted Common Law Admission Test question paper titled ‘B' said right answers had been underlined for a few questions in the legal and logical reasoning sections.

Around 1,100 candidates appeared for the Common Law Admission Test, the qualifying examination for admission to the 11 National Law Schools across the country, held at the National Law School of India University here on Sunday.

Soon after the test, rumours of a goof-up in the CLAT 2011 question paper started doing the rounds. Some students claimed that a set of question papers (one among four sets), which was titled ‘B', had the right answers underlined for a few questions in the legal and logical reasoning sections of the paper. Given the fact that this would impact at least 25 per cent of candidates who appeared for the test, rumours of re-exam spread, sources at the National Law School of India University said.

Speaking toThe Hindu, M.P. Singh, CLAT convener and Vice-Chancellor of the National University for Juridical Sciences, said he too had heard the rumours. “We have not received and reviewed the papers yet. If there has been such an error, which could have been an error in printing, we will do whatever it takes to ensure no student is affected.” He believes this error has crept in only in some questions and all students will be marked correct for those questions.

Meanwhile, students, who were apprehensive about the new format and its emphasis on critical thinking skills, found the test challenging in parts. Though most students found the difficulty level to be moderate, some identified logical aptitude and reasoning to be challenging. However, it was the English section that students found time-consuming. Overall, students appeared to have found the paper lengthy and challenging.

Darren Mathew Punnen, student of the Bishop Cottons Boys' High School, said he found the legal aptitude part difficult. “The whole exam took much longer than we expected as we had to write principles and explanations,” he said. “The four comprehension passages under the English section took so much time that none of us could finish the paper. The paper was not tough, we just needed more time,” said Nidhi Bafna from Christ Junior College.

Meanwhile, the Samata Sainik Dal staged a protest in front of the NLSIU demanding reservation for State students. Dal president Venkataswamy spoke.


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