CLAT 2020: Supreme Court Petition
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by a bunch of CLAT 2020 aspirants seeking a declaration that the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 violated Articles 14 and 15 of the Indian Constitution. Further, the petitioners pray for the Court to quash the exam and asked for a direction to the Consortium to re-conduct the exam.
The petition draws attention to the grievances faced by many aspirants due to alleged technical glitches during the online exam held on September 28. The petitioners have urged the Apex Court to direct the CLAT Consortium to form a high powered committee to look into then issues and complaints lodged and grievances raised by the candidates.
After multiple rounds of postponement due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the CLAT 2020 exam was finally conducted on September 28 as an online-Centre based exam.
Various technical issues faced by the aspirants in the online entrance exam CLAT 2020:
- The correct option selected by the candidates have been shown wrong or any other option has been chosen in the CLAT 2020 Answer Sheet.
- Results calculated for those questions which were not even attempted by the candidates.
- Candidates have selected different options; however, in the results, different answers are shown as selected.
- Around 10 questions are either wrong themselves, or their answers which are uploaded on website are incorrect.
The provisional CLAT 2020 answer key was published by the CLAT Consortium on the same day of exams in order to invite objections, if any, by the next day. This was followed by the allotment of provisional marks to candidates on September 30. On October 3, a press statement was issued by the CLAT Consortium defending the software used to conduct the exam, and stated that as the objections raised by the candidates are large in number, thus the consortium kept the procedure completely free of cost.
In the Final Answer Key of CLAT 2020, the Consortium decided to drop some questions from the exam and modified answers for a couple of others.
The petition also listed the issues regarding the question paper’s structure and its length for the given time limit of the exam and have urged to conduct the exam in an unblemished way.