For the last few years, we have been closely tracking the Common Law Admission Test (‘CLAT’) and the subsequent allotment of seats to the various National Law Universities (‘NLUs’) by way of it. In this regard, a public interest petition was filed by us before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in 2015, inter alia, praying for a revamp of the examination and placing it on a more competent institutional pedestal. We have already documented the developments that have taken place in relation to the CLAT PIL here.
While it was hoped that the experience of the past years’ would guide NUALS (this year’s organising university) in the proper organisation of the examination, 2018 proved everyone wrong and ended up being one of the most mismanaged CLATs ever! Apart from the technical glitches, which robbed many students of their entitled time to finish the examination, the quality and/or accuracy of the question paper/answer key were appalling. We, at P-PIL, undertook an analysis of this year’s CLAT question paper as well as the answer key released by NUALS. To our shock, it was found that at least 19 questions/answers were either wrong or ambiguously worded.