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Keep calm: CLAT convenor says committed to transparency, ready to admit mistakes, candidates won’t lose

Keep calm and carry on, assures CLAT convenor
Keep calm and carry on, assures CLAT convenor

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015 secretariat has promised that CLAT 2015 candidates will not be the sufferers of any errors that may be found in the CLAT 2015 LLM and LLB question papers.

CLAT 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow joint registrar Dr JD Gangwar told Legally India today in a phone interview: “We have taken all emails [complaining about question paper errors] we received until yesterday into cognisance and sent them to the expert committee. If the committee finds even a single error then the candidates will not be made to lose out.”

“We are ready to admit any mistake that we may have made. That is why this committee was constituted. Human errors may have crept in to the question papers but it is for the committee to decide,” he said, adding, “we are totally committed to transparency and we will set an example on this”.

An expert committee to examine CLAT 2015 candidates representations complaining of LLM and LLB question paper errors was constituted on 2 June, after the question papers for the exam were made available to the candidates through publication on CLAT’s official website on 1 June.

Candidates and experts have cumulatively claimed up to 30 errors were present in the CLAT 2015 question papers and answer key.

“If [candidates] are saying there are errors then it may or may not be true. But only the expert committee should be the one to say [if there are any errors]. Otherwise it creates an environment of distrust,” commented Gangwar.

Gangwar said that the expert committee is likely to submit its report tomorrow and if the report admits there was “even a single error” in either the LLB or the LLM paper, then the answer sheets for that paper will be re-evaluated.

He added that after such re-evaluation, or if the re-evaluation is not needed due to absence of errors, then after the current results are released every candidate’s answer sheet will be accessible to that candidate on CLAT’s website.

He said that the secretariat would also publish individual answer sheets because the chronology of questions for each candidate was different, as was planned by the convenor when it first introduced the online version of the exam.

“We have to rely on some system. We are a university giving degrees so our credibility is established,” remarked Gangwar.

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