Students applying for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) this year would have to submit applications online.
The Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, conducting CLAT this year, has invited only online applications. The forms are available on www.clat.ac.in from January 1. They can be downloaded and submitted up to March 31.
A section of students is upset with the online mode of applying and hike in fee from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,000 for the general category and OBC students, and Rs 3,500 for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes applicants.
Saloni, a Class XII student from Notre Dame Academy and a CLAT applicant, said: “Considering the interest of a large number of students from rural areas, the CLAT administration should not have suspended the offline mode of application. Even many applicants in urban areas don’t have Internet facility at home.”
Saloni was also uncomfortable with the hike in application fee. She added: “Because of the hike in fee and the online mode of application, many students, who don’t have good preparations, have decided not to appear for the test this year.”
Amit Prakash, another CLAT applicant, said: “How will students hailing from rural places, which don’t have Internet facilities, apply for the test?”
Registrar S.P. Singh of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), which accepts the CLAT score for admission in its BA-LLB and BBA-LLB courses, said: “The CLAT administration has decided for the online mode of application inspired by the good response of applicants last year. More than 70 per cent students had applied online. As the online mode of application costs more, the CLAT administration has decided to increase the fee.”
Once a student makes an online application, a login account of the user would be created. The hall ticket/ admit card can be accessed and downloaded by the candidate from the personal login account. The candidate would have to take the printout of the hall ticket/admit card to the examination hall on the day of the test.
The CLAT would be conducted on May 11, Sunday. The aspirants would have to answer 200 questions, each of one mark. The questions would be set on English, general knowledge, elementary mathematics, legal aptitude and logical reasoning.