Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016 convenor RGNUL Patiala has already allotted dates for taking up candidates’ question-paper error representations and to publish a revised answer key, in the CLAT 2016 calendar which was officially announced online.
Unlike the correctional ad-hoc “expert panel” of CLAT 2015, which RMLNLU Lucknow had formed two days after the declaration of the exam’s results, RGNUL has reserved 13 May 2016 to 15 May 2016 for “Representation, if any, relating to exam, questions or key”.
RGNUL has also undertaken to wrap up the correctional process within five days, having fixed 20 May as the “Date for uploading the amended answer key (if required).”
CLAT coach and mentor Rajneesh Singh first posted the update on Facebook, stating: “Great Move and fantastic start by CLAT Core committee 2016. Students can now raise objection towards any error in CLAT and it will be considered. Timelines already announced.”
RGNUL will conduct CLAT 2016 on 8 May and has announced 31 March as the deadline to submit applications to appear in the exam.
Singh, who till now has been critical of the CLAT committee’s conduct of the exam each year, also added in his Facebook post: “Thank a ton to the Honorable VC RGNUL Patiala. CLAT Continues to be the most transparent entrance test in India.”
“Most of the exams hide the complete merit lists and the answer key. (And the errors are not disclosed) It has moved one step further this time. Now, Most likely there will not be any error in CLAT 2016. If any, a good student will be highly confident about getting justice before as well as after the exam,” he posted.
After CLAT 2015, the repeated formation of ad-hoc expert committees by then convenor RMLNLU did not help many aggrieved candidates, since the candidates felt the committees had submitted incorrect reports. This led to several writs filed in various high courts. However national law universities steamrolled on with their admission process on the basis of the disputed results and the grievances eventually remained unaddressed.