The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be rolled back to the offline mode from next year i.e. 2019. The decision was taken in the fourth meeting of the Consortium of National Law Universities (NALSAR) in Hyderabad. The meeting was headed by Prof Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor of Nalsar, Hyderabad. The decision was taken because of the technical faults experienced in the previous years’ papers.
As per the official press release, “The decision was taken in view of the technical glitches experienced in the past few years. From 2019, students will again have to appear in pen-paper mode.”
“To improve the quality of the question paper of CLAT the consortium resolved to create a question bank to which experts from all the NLUs and other institutions would be asked to contribute.”
It further states, “It was also decided that as and when the number of candidates taking up CLAT drastically increases or when admission to law colleges in the entire country would be based only on the CLAT score, the feasibility of online test will be re-considered.”
The consortium also agreed upon having a permanent website for the exam and establishing a CLAT secretariat that would operate for the whole year from its permanent office in Bengaluru.
The consortium has decided to include some subjective portion in the question paper for LLM admission for CLAT 2019. The details on the subjective portion are yet to be worked upon. It would be done by the CLAT executive committee. The press release also states, “In addition to NLUs, CLAT will be conducted in other centres/cities as well depending upon the number of candidates. The decision in this respect too would be taken by CLAT convenor and executive committee.”
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted by the National Law University, Odisha. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 12th May 2019 (Sunday). The detailed notification of the exam is yet to be released. The examination is conducted every year for admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses Law courses offered by the 19 National Law Universities (NLUs).