NEW DELHI: The revised results of the Common Law
Admission Test (CLAT) were announced by its Secretariat
on June 6, six days after it withheld the previous one
due to some “technical discrepancies” which needed to be
The results were made available to the individual ‘login
accounts’ of the candidates after mismatch in the
barcode stickers pasted on some of the OMR sheets were
“rectified and their scores were revised”.
“A massive exercise was undertaken to rectify the errors
since mismatch in the barcode stickers was discovered in
the OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets of some of the
There should not be any grievance now as all the OMR
sheets were thoroughly checked for any discrepancy,”
sources in the Gujarat National Law University, which
conducted the examination, said.
The CLAT Secretariat has uploaded OMR sheets along with
the model answer key of their booklet series in each of
the candidate’s account.
“Every candidate can have alook at their OMR sheet by
logging into their account and contact the CLAT
Secretariat if they have any grievance,” sources added.
The social media, however, was buzzing with complaints
as many students who took the test expressed
dissatisfaction with the results. Many students claimed
that they were unable to access their OMR
While the Gujarat National Law University’s website
appeared to be crashed, the CLAT Secretariat could not
be contacted despite repeated attempts. Sources said
that CLAT Secretariat is inclined to allow interested
candidates to physically verify their OMR answer sheets.
However, the modality for the same was not immediately
known. There was also no clarity on when the counselling
A mismatch in the barcode sticker pasted on the OMR
sheets was discovered by the CLAT Secretariat in some
cases when some candidates expressed doubts over their
scores after results were announced on May 31.
The CLAT Secretariat, which immediately withdrew the
results, citing technical discrepancies, later came out
with a statement saying a revised results will soon be
The all India entrance test is conducted on rotation
basis by 14 law universities including one located in
Bangalore for admissions to their undergraduate and
post-graduate degree programmes.
Affixing of barcode stickers on OMR sheets were
introduced this year to ensure “integrity and
confidentiality”. More than 30,000 candidates took the
test conducted on May 11.
Earlier the result that was declared late on May 31,
wee withheld till further order.
“Due to some technical discrepancies, the CLAT 2014
results declared on May 31 stand withheld till further
intimation and guidelines on the admission process,”
said a notification on the official CLAT website. At the
same time, students have also been advised to fill in
their “login accounts regularly so that they can fill-in
the preferences of the NLUs (National Law Universities)
at an appropriate time and also get the updated
information.” Although students were able to access
their results from 8 pm on May 31, many of them were of
the opinion that there were a number of discrepancies in
their results. It was not until the next day, June 1,
that the notification was put up on the website.
GATE to go the JEE way, have 2-tier exam
: The National Co-ordination Board (NCB) of the Graduate
Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has proposed a two-tier test for
admission to the M.Tech programme run by the Indian Institutes of
Technology and the IISc, Bangalore. The test will, like the new JEE,
have a screening test followed by the main admission test.
According to a newspaper report the new pattern is being adopted
to cope up with the massive increase in the number of aspirants in
the past five years — from 1.8 lakh in 2008 to more than 10 lakh
The National Co-ordination Board (NCB), which conducts the test each
year, comprises the directors of the seven older IITs and the
Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
The screening exam, planned to be entrusted to a private agency,
will be more like an aptitude test. The final test, to be conducted
by the IITs and IISc, will assess the domain (subject) knowledge of
the students, said The Telegraph report quoting an IIT
“The NCB has written to all IITs to get the views of the faculty on
the two-tier GATE proposal and outsource the screening test to a
private firm,” the director added.
Each of the seven IITs last week issued circulars to the heads of
departments asking them to give their views after speaking to the
The move assumes significance against the backdrop of recent changes
brought to the IIT-JEE examination. For admission to BTech courses
in the IITs from next year, aspirants will have to appear in the JEE-Main,
to be conducted by the CBSE. If they clear this, they will have to
take the JEE-Advanced, to be held by the IITs.
But a faculty member from IIT Kharagpur said he and his colleagues
would oppose the plan to enlist a private firm for GATE, said the
“Private companies have no stake in promoting merit in admission in
the IITs except monetary gains. We will oppose this proposal to take
away a part of the exam from the IITs.”
Not everyone seemed to back the view, though. Former IIT Kanpur
director S.G. Dhande justified the move, saying changes were
required to ensure better quality in the test.
“Is the existing GATE really assessing the eligibility of a student
for research? The present objective-type test is focussed on subject
knowledge. We need to test the orientation and aptitude of students
for research,” Dhande said.
The screening test may have questions on reasoning, basic science
and language to gauge the general competence of students, while the
final exam could test domain knowledge.
Dhande suggested the screening test be held online and several times
But IIT Faculty Federation president K. Narasimhan indicated the
last word was not out on the proposed change and that it would be
discussed at several forums before being given final shape.
“The federation has not taken any view on the proposal yet. Let us
see what the faculty members from each institute are saying,” the
IIT Bombay teacher said.
Dheeraj Sanghi, of IIT Kanpur, appeared to favour the new system
saying GATE was gradually becoming a burden on the IITs because of
the increase in the number of aspirants.
“I think it is a good move. A private firm (Prometric) has been
conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) for IIMs the past few
years. The GATE examination similarly can be handled by a private
firm,” he said.