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CLAT opens a grievance email address until Monday 5pm, going beyond letter of SC order

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) consortium has published a grievance redressal form on its website allowing candidates to raise grievances, if any, about the 2020 CLAT one final time.

Excerpt from grievance redressal form
Excerpt from grievance redressal form

The PDF form and instructions are available here.

In summary, the form and specific supporting evidence needs to be submitted to the email address described before 5pm Monday, 12 October 2020.

Some specific grievances are specifically exlcuded, such as, “not following instructions” (presumably with an eye on the mark for review issues).

The CLAT had confirmed that 4,839 individual candidates had made complaints (out of just over 50,000), though it had not confirmed how many of those had made objections based on technical issues.

Allowing all candidates a final attempt to make their complaints heard (perhaps in a more organised manner than before), goes beyond the written order of the Supreme Court (though orally there had been discussion of allowing all candidates to raise grievances).

As such, it is a good attempt to gather better data on exactly what kind of technical issues, if any, candidates faced in the exam.

But at the pace that the admissions process is going and with vice-chancellors (VC) having little patience to postponing admissions, it seems unlikely that anything in the rank or admissions list will still change.

As such, many candidates with grievances may also have moved on by now, and may not bother spending their time on printing and scanning or virtually completing and signing a PDF.

However, if the CLAT ever does conduct a post mortem, that data may prove useful.

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