The National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) 2020 was held on 12th September 2020 for admission at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. However, this was the first time NLSIU Bengaluru decided to conduct its exam with the name of NLAT 2020 for admission into five years integrated LLB program and the postgraduate LLM program offered by the university in Bengaluru.
Until last year, admissions into LLB courses were offered by the NLUs based on the CLAT score obtained by the aspirant. However, with the CLAT getting delayed in the wake of COVID-19 and now scheduled to be held on 28th September, NSLIU Bengaluru decided to have its individual entrance exam (NLAT 2020) to commence its further admission process as soon as possible. It was also made clear that NSLIU will not be accepting CLAT 2020 scores for admission of candidates for the academic year 2020-21.
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CANDIDATES SUFFER AS TECHNOLOGY CAUSES MAYHEM DURING NLAT 2020
While NSLIU claimed that its technical and proctoring process was up to the mark and the NLAT 2020 went very well with most of the aspirants being able to attempt the paper successfully without any difficulties, the students had a contrasting opinion with regards to the issue. There were complaints of failure in logging in and the verification process and the technical glitches due to which the questions didn’t show up on the screen. Some candidates also complained that their answers got submitted even before the stipulated time given for the test was over. Given that the paper was of a short duration of only 45 minutes, robbing the aspirants off even 5 minutes from their assigned time can be frustrating for them.
Some students even complained that there was rampant cheating during the exam, which the AI-based human proctoring failed to detect. The questions asked in the paper even got circulated through social media with students getting help from their friends and family. A few aspirants even used the screen sharing option available on some video calling applications to take help while giving the test. Some candidates termed the NLAT 2020 as a collective failure with a high amount of leniency and mismanagement from the side of the university.
While one candidate said that he was logged out of the test four minutes after the test got started, some candidates weren’t even able to login to the platform designed for giving the test. They tried to contact the help desk through the number provided to them but to no avail. The help desk people had no answer to the queries of the candidates and told them to contact the university instead. The university was also not able to give a satisfactory response to the candidates.
While this has been an ongoing problem throughout the pandemic with the aspirants having no other option but to give their entrance tests and other exams online at home, we can only hope that the authorities come up with a quick solution and the re-test scheduled on the 14th September does not have the same technical incapability and the aspirants can attempt the test peacefully.