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How was your physical NLU Delhi AILET today? Test centre shortages dogged, aborted at least a few candidates

The NLU Delhi entrance test, the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), has taken place today at physical test centres via a computer-based test.

NLU Delhi’s alternative to the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) has generally drawn upwards of 20,000 candidates, though this year NLU Delhi has refused to engage or confirm any figures to date.

All of our numerous calls to NLU Delhi’s registrar Prof GS Bajpai, who administers the process, have gone unanswered (say what you will about NLSIU Bangalore’s abortive attempt to start its National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT), at least they did share some information and respond to criticism).

By contrast, NLU Delhi has faced flak from candidates for a shortage of test centres in major cities.

The problem had been that some major cities only had two or a few test centres, meaning that on a first-come-first-served basis, all seats had often been quickly snapped up by candidates.

NLU Delhi had responded via the National Testing Agency (NTA) increasing the test centres to 111 in 64 cities and 22 states.

Nevertheless, we had heard some reports from aspirants that they had given up on the Ailet, after even they didn’t manage to get a seat in their home city in time after number of test centres had been increased.

One candidate told us:

On September 16, I received an email asking me to book a slot on the portal of the national testing agency which seems to be conducting the AILET. I immediately logged into the portal but it showed there were no slots available at the only centre in Hyderabad. I tried calling the helpline number and send emails saying that I was unable to book a slot but i did not receive any response.

Two days back, I was able to finally speak to someone from NLU Delhi who informed that there was a technical glitch and that I could rebook the slot for which a link was sent. However, I was still unable to book a a slot.

The NTA is completely unresponsive. The official who till yesterday attended the call after calling them continuously said that they could not help me and that I should reach out to NTA. My correspondence with NLU Delhi is appended for your reference. It is self explanatory. I had sent them almost 20 emails and called them innumerable times over last one week but to no avail. [...]

I am resigning myself to the fact that I will not be able to give the exam because the NLU Delhi has not made proper arrangements and the entire exam is left to the mercy of something like an IRCTC system.

My point is that even AILET is also being organised in a haphazard manner. I was able to get in touch with some other people from my coaching class who are also not able to attend because they were not able to book a slot. Since when did Even attending exam become a lottery.

This is also the first major physical law exam in the Covid times and the CLAT is scheduled in two days, on 28 September.

If you have any feedback or criticism of the Ailet, or suggestions for what could be improved, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Update 14:51: Several accounts of Twitter have complained of issues:

Yukti Kashyap tweeted:

Today at AILET exam there was no social distancing, computers did not login at scheduled time students sat there for 2 hours, there were cases of cheating, no invigilator in exam hall. Given it is a national exam this can’t be tolerated

— Yukti Kashyap (@YuktiKashyao) Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 14:35

Malay Pandey tweeted:

Before An hour ago I gave the Ailet 2020 exam for BALLB program. The exam ended with technical issues and more more than 10 minutes got wasted. This technical error compounded with fake promises of providing extension of time by the administration.

— Malay Pandey (@malaypandey) Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 14:28

Sanjeev Chawla tweeted:

@PMOIndia @DrRPNishank @DG_NTA Entrance exam of AILET 2020 is not happening at Sant Gyaneshwar Model School, Alipur, New Delhi, reportedly due to technical glitches. Kindly intervene at the earliest to save future of our kids

— Sanjeev Chawla (@chawla_sanjeev) Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 12:18

inconsequential gibberish tweeted:

It seems like the real entrance test is being able to allocate a test centre to appear for #AILET pg by #nludelhi and @DG_NTA . Terribly disappointed by how poorly the test is being conducted. I haven’t been able to get an admit card and a booking since the past three days.

— inconsequential gibberish (@ArnavSh52576469) Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 13:26

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