Online CLAT debuts with glitches

As the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – the gateway to admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (LLB and LLM) in 16 National Law Universities – was held online for the first time on Sunday, some technical glitches were reported in the city.

An agitated candidate, who attempted the exam at a centre in north Bengaluru, complained that she lost at least 20 minutes as advertisements kept popping up.

“We were shuffled around as this happened to quite a few students and the systems started hanging. When I was given a new system, logging in took some more time and then, I could not click on the questions. Though I lost around 15 to 20 minutes, the system said I had lost only 29 seconds. When I questioned this, they said I should complain to a CLAT forum,” she told The Hindu , on condition of anonymity.

The CLAT 2015 website promised that there will be enough buffer systems available at the examination centre. “Time lost in change of system will be duly taken care of as each and every second will be recorded by the server,” the website said.

The clash of exam dates with the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka’s (COMEDK) Undergraduate Entrance Test (UGET), which has been the case quite a few times, also proved to be a dampener.

Bhavana Savanth, a medical aspirant from the city, gave up on the UGET as the last paper would end at 4.30 p.m., while the CLAT would begin at 3 p.m.

Those not aiming for professional courses found it easier to concentrate on CLAT. Commerce student Hemanshu Upadhyay said, he had fewer entrance exams to concentrate on.

The NSLIU, Bengaluru, continued to be the students’ first preference, followed by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Results will be published on May 20.

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