Petition filed in Supreme Court regarding cancellation of CLAT Exam due to technical glitches, demand for re-examination

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court stating that the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 violated Articles 14 and 15.  In addition, the court has been requested by the petitioners to direct the consortium to cancel the examination and re-conduct the examination.

 The petition, filed by a group of CLAT 2020 candidates, highlights the grievances facing a number of problems due to technical glitches during the examination held on 28 September.

  The petitioners have urged the apex court to direct the CLAT consortium to constitute a high-level committee to look into the complaints lodged by the students.

 In addition to conducting a new examination of the CLAT 2020, the petitioners also want a guideline for the consortium to ensure that technical difficulties do not recur in the re-examination.

 This year, after several rounds of postponement due to COVID-19 contingencies, the CLAT was conducted as an online-center-based examination on 28 September.

  In this examination, the petitioners, who were interested in the CLAT, claimed that there was a lot of trouble due to mismatch of answers.

 Therefore, the candidates were adversely affected and they objected that the examination was conducted properly.

 Therefore, the result declared by the consortium is incorrect, flawed, untouchable and biased.  The petition lists various issues faced by the candidates in the online entrance exam.

 Candidates have chosen the correct answers. However, this is reflected in a result that despite choosing the correct answer, the answers given by us are considered wrong. In the result, marks of those questions were displayed and calculated, which were not even attempted by the candidates. The 10 questions are either incorrect on their own, or their answers that are uploaded on the website are incorrect.

 The answer key for the online examination was published by the CLAT Consortium on the same day of the examination, so that objections, if any, could be invited till the next day.

 After this, the interim result was released to the candidates on 30 September.

 On 3 October, a press statement was issued by the CLAT consortium defending the software used to conduct the exam

By Priya Kumari