Thousands of students faced anxious moments on Friday evening when the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) website faced technical glitches while results were being announced. The exam holds key to admissions to 14 National Law Schools.
Students complained that it was difficult to access the results even hours after they were announced. Raji Gururaj said: “Finding your name on the list itself is a laborious process and I was in front of the laptop for hours. The server was extremely slow and the website did not open.”
Another student said one had to keep refreshing the page.
The topper scored 160.75 marks, 1.75 more than last year’s top score. CLAT introduced negative marking from this year. The first five rank holders want to pursue law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Dhruva Murari Gandhi, a science student from Mumbai who topped the test, said pursuing law was his childhood ambition. “I did not expect to top. The feeling is yet to sink in.” However, he mentioned that his preparation for the exam was extensive and he used to read magazines and newspapers to stay updated with current affairs.
Ipshita Bhuwania from Kolkata, who came second with a score of 159.25, said: “My only aim in life has been to get into NLSIU, Bangalore and I’m so happy. I took a lot of mock tests, visited online sites and focused on my weaknesses.”
Shubham Jain from Faridabad, who got the third rank with a score of 159 said that he had not employed a fixed study technique. “I just went with the flow and solved all the previous years’ papers. I have been working hard for this exam and attended coaching classes to provide me with extra help.”
Sukhpal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, and CLAT convener, said the allotment list was likely to be ready by June 2.
Rachna Chhabria, a commerce student from Mount Carmel College who got 52nd rank, said she had to juggle between studying for her PU exam and the CLAT exam. She plans to join the NLSIU, Bangalore.