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A deviation from syllabus has left Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) aspirants fuming so much so that many are even planning to file public interest litigation (PIL). Their grievance is that the CLAT website had clearly stated that in the general knowledge section, students would be tested on their knowledge of current affairs. For legal reasoning, candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical / legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself, it stated. However, according to the candidates, at least 15 questions were static GK and 5-8 questions required some knowledge of law, which the pre-law students claim is unfair. Many students and law graduates are now planning to move court.
There is no need for a retest; they can at best declare the questions void. But the question remains as to why the authorities were so irresponsible, said Rajneesh Singh, National Product Manager (CLAT), IMS Learning Centre. A Facebook page has been created where CLAT aspirants vented their frustration and disappointment on Monday, 15th May, 2012. While some were trying to mobilize people to join them in filing PILs, there were others who commented on the injustice they were facing. It was really unfair. How can you ask a jurisprudence question to a pre-law student! said one. Another messaged that his approached Ram Jethmalani. However, when TOI contacted National Law University, Jodhpur, and the organizing university for this year, they said no action had been initiated so far. We have received some calls ourselves. But the question paper is made and moderated by an expert committee. We have no right to comment on it or intervene. As of now, no action has been decided on it, Ratan Lahoti, registrar, told TOI from Jodhpur. CLAT holds the key to the 14 prestigious law schools of the country. Around 25,000 students appeared for the test this year. Of them, 916 were from Bangalore.
Courtesy: Times of India
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