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Penalty for guess answers in law test

Patna, Jan. 1: Students appearing for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) this year will have to be extra cautions as negative marking has been introduced to prevent guessing game in cracking the all-India test.

According to sources at Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), 0.25 (1/4) marks will be deducted for each wrong answer to multiple-choice questions. It means that for every four wrong answers, one mark will be deducted.

The CLAT examination carries 200 marks with 200 multiple-choice questions asked in the paper. Those who have passed Class XII with at least 45 per cent marks can take the test for admission to the five-year integrated LLB course.

CNLU vice-chancellor A. Lakshminath said: “At a core committee meeting attended by vice-chancellors of all national law universities, it was decided to introduce negative marking in the CLAT-2013.”

The meeting was held at Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur, in October. Lakshminath also said the idea behind introduction of negative marking in the CLAT is an attempt to make the screening process of students or selection of students for admission in the national law universities “tougher” so that non-serious students can be kept away.

Purushottam Kumar, CNLU student and a member of the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) project, which provides free coaching to students from economically weaker sections of society, said: “This is a good attempt introduced by the CLAT for screening of students as those who answer the questions based on assumptions will have to think twice before attempting any questions.”

From this year, authorities have decided to reduce the minimum eligibility criteria (marks) by 5 per cent. Earlier, the minimum marks required by a student for appearing in the CLAT were 50 per cent in Class XII which has been reduced to 45 per cent from 2013 in general category. This year, HNLU has been made the organising university for conducting the test.

The two-hour CLAT will be held on May 12, while the sale of admission forms will start from January 15. The CLAT tests the proficiency of a student in the English language, general knowledge and current affairs, elementary mathematics (numerical ability), legal aptitude and logical reasoning.

The English paper, including comprehension, carries 40 marks, general knowledge and current affairs paper has 50 marks, elementary mathematics (numerical ability) of 20 marks, legal aptitude of 50 marks while logical reasoning of 40 marks. The legal aptitude paper tests a candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. The mathematics section tests a candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics taught up to Class X.

The 14 national law universities include National Law School of India University, Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta, HNLU, CNLU among others.


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