CLAT results out, but helplines unhelpful for candidates

A group of students from the City who had appeared for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) had complaints galore soon after the results of the all-India entrance examination were announced on Tuesday night. 

They pointed out that unlike the previous years when the answer booklets would be mailed to them and the question paper would be accessed by all online, students were able to get neither even 24 hours after the results were out this time.

Rashmi (name changed), the parent of one of the candidates from Bengaluru, said that this was just one of the irregularities in this year’s exam. 

“To begin with, the results were out on Tuesday midnight, though they were to be released on Wednesday. To the shock of many students, they have not put up a copy of the question paper or the answer keys on the website,” she said. 

Parents of many students from the City have been contemplating on taking the legal route and filing a public interest litigation in the court. “We have also written to Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda,” Rashmi said. 

Run out of timeAlso, students fear that they might run out of time to take admissions. “We have just four more days to give our college preferences. We do not know what to do,” said a student.

Students complained that the helplines were of little help when the results were out. 

“Three out of four numbers were not functional. When we requested them for the answer sheets and asked them about when our papers would be mailed to us, we did not get convincing replies. One of us was just asked to wait and we could hear the person at the other end laugh,” the student said. 

Parents of students from the City had earlier complained that 40 questions from the logics section of the paper had appeared verbatim in a model test paper of Lotus Academy, a private coaching institute in Lucknow. 

The incident had come to light after one of the students posted the model paper on a Facebook page, students said. 

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