CLAT 2020 aspirants filed plea in SC to quash Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 exam

A bunch of CLAT 2020 aspirants has filed a petition in Supreme Court and highlights grievances faced by many aspirants due to alleged technical glitches during the exam held on September 28. The aspirants seek quashing of CLAT 2020 exam and demanded for re-conduct the exam. t The petition has been filed through Advocate Ankita Choudhary

This year, after multiple rounds of postponement due to COVID-19 contingencies, CLAT was finally held on September 28 as an online-Centre based exam. 

The petitioners listed issues faced by the aspirants in the online entrance exam as are follows:

  • The candidates have chosen/selected/ticked correct answers; however, it is reflecting in a result that us wrong and/or different options have been chosen/selected/ticked.
  • The result is displaying and calculating marks in those questions, which were not even attempted by the candidates.
  • Candidates have chosen/selected/ticked different options; however, in the results, different answers are shown as chosen/selected/ticked.
  • 10 questions are either wrong themselves, or their answers which are uploaded on a website are wrong.
  • The answer key to the online exam was published by the CLAT Consortium on the same day of exams in order to invite objections, if any, by the next day.
  • The petitioners also state that the instructions for the exam were vague and, as such, arbitrary.

Moreover, an objection has also been raised to the length of the exam, which is stated to have had about 18,600 words to be read in the 120-minute time span permitted to answer the exam. The petitioners add that this posed a disadvantage from students from non-English medium backgrounds as well.

As per the petitioners, “neither grievance committee nor the consortium looked into the issues of objections / grievances filed by the petitioners / aspirants in large numbers, however, dealt the same with a biased approach in a very arrogant way vide their press release dated 03.10.2020. So the results declared by the Consortium are, therefore, “wrong, erroneous, and incorrect” and, as such, “biased”.

The petitioners, therefore, pray for the CLAT 2020 to be declared violative of Articles 14 and 15 and for a fresh round of the exam to be held, without the technical glitches that the first round allegedly faced.