4th edition of CLAT ends

Test determines entrance of students to 11 National Law Schools in the country

testing times: Students write CLAT exams at National Law School, Nagarbhavi in Bangalore, on Sunday. DH PhotoThe West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata organised the examination this year. As many as 23,875 candidates have registered to appear for the exam.

In Bangalore, out of the 1,068 students registered to appear for the UG test, 987 appeared. As many as 101 candidates  are appearing for the PG test. Of the 101 students who registered for the PG test, 87 of them appeared for the exam.

Candidates conveyed mixed responses after they emerged from the examination. A large number of students felt that the question paper was too lengthy and hence they were unable to complete it on time.  Also, a majority of the students felt that the papers were tough when compared to previous years. Several students seemed to experience difficulty in handling English passages.

“As the passages were too long, I took a lot of time to comprehend the passages,” said Ashmitha, a student from Bangalore.

Though students from the science stream found the Mathematics paper easy, it was a tough nut for arts students.

"I was really surprised to know that it took me less than ten minutes to solve the mathematics section,” said Sukrut, a science student from Belgaum. Summaiya Khan, a visually impaired candidate, said she found the paper lengthy and difficult.

A few students said questions in the Legal Reasoning and Aptitude sections were a little unexpected and tricky.

With CLAT, candidates can apply to eleven National Law Universities across the country:  Bangalore (NLSIU), Hyderabad (NALSAR), Bhopal (NLIU), Kolkata (WBNUJS), Jodhpur (NLU), Raipur (HNLU), Gandhinagar (GNLU), Lucknow (RMLNLU), Patiala (RGNUL), Patna (CNLU), and Kochi (NUALS).

Protest at NLSIU

Though the CLAT 2011 exam was glitch free, there was some commotion outside the premises of the NLSIU due to protests held by members of Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangh and Samata Sainik Dal (SSD). The members were demanding 50 per cent reservation in seats for students from Karnataka.

"In 2010 CLAT exams only three candidates from Karnataka were awarded seats. It is a matter of grave injustice meted out to the people of our state," said SSD president Venkat Swamy.

Vice Chancellor of NLSIU, Dr R Venkata Rao noted that he would do his best to do justice to the people of the State.

He assured the protesters that the matter would be discussed in the next meeting of Council members, scheduled to be held in June.

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