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Scores to blame, not entry process: XLRI

Ranchi, May 24: The XLRI School of Management today denied there were irregularities in its admissions process and claimed that the boy whose family filed a complaint with the Jharkhand Education Tribunal, after he failed to make it to the institute, had scored a zero in the interview and hence not taken.

The response was to a notice served on it by JET after the mother of the candidate, Samrat, alleged that her son did not make it to the B-School, despite a good written score, because of an 'erroneous' entry system.

The institute's contention could not be challenged today since neither the complainant, Raj Gandhi, nor her lawyer was present in the tribunal today.

The hearing was also postponed for June 15.

If XLRI is to be believed, the candidate, Samrat, could not answer a single question asked by the interview board, despite being encouraged by the panel members.

Submitting its contention through a lawyer before a division bench of the JET, comprising chairperson L.P.N. Shahdeo and member C.M. Sharma, XLRI claimed it had a transparent system of admissions to screen successful candidates from among a sea of aspirants.

The final shortlisting of candidates is done on the basis of written exams and interview, it said.

The bench was informed that 58,000 candidates had taken the Xavier Admission Test (XAT) last year against a seat capacity of 200.

Of these, 650 were called for interview, including Samrat who fared miserably in the interview.

The interview is of 18 marks. Five marks are allotted for academic career and overall performance and 8 for the oral part, the lawyer explained.

Since the hearing did not take place today, it could not be found out why the candidate had not scored in the first two slots.

Samrat had scored 96.3 per cent in the written test and, according to his mother's contention, it was impossible that he performed disastrously in the interview. According to Raj, Samrat was eliminated because of a faulty admission system where the authorities did a pick-and-choose on their whims.

The complaint was filed against the director of the institute and chairperson of the admission committee.

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