Offline CLAT ‘easy’, say students

Expect a rise in the cut-off percentage this year

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019 for admission to under-graduate and post-graduate law courses at National Law Schools across the country was held on Sunday. This year, the test was held in the offline mode following the online version being marred by technical glitches last year.

This is the first time that the CLAT consortium of NLU is organising the test. The National Law University Odisha Cuttack is the convener for the test. Around 70,000 candidates had registered for the test.

Videsha Singh, a student who wrote CLAT in 2018 as well, said though there were a lot of technical glitches last year — the servers crashed as soon as the exam started — she prefers the online exam due to ease of navigation.

This year, students were to answer questions using the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet, unlike previous years.

Some students complained that they were not compensated for the time lost while filling up details on the OMR sheet.

Manya Shastri, a student, said, “We were asked to start filling our details at 3 p.m. It took 10 minutes to fill. I was left with only 1 hour and 50 minutes to attempt the questions. OMR sheets are filled with pens and, therefore, must be done carefully as errors cannot be rectified.”

Students were given carbonised copies of their OMR sheets, which can be used in future to cross check answers when the answer key is released.

Students found the exam easier compared to those of previous years, and they expect a rise in the cut-off percentage this year.

“The Legal Aptitude section was easy. Students who solved previous years’ questions must have found similar questions or in some cases even exact ones,” said Gokul Ramesh, a student.

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