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Frequently Asked Questions On National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) 2020

LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK
7 Sep 2020 2:37 PM GMT
Frequently Asked Questions On National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) 2020
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NLSIU Bangalore has released a set of FAQs relating to the upcoming NLAT 2020 examination, scheduled to be held on September 12, 2020. Apart from exam schedule, technical/system requirements and instructions for candidates belonging to the PWD category, the following clarifications have been rendered by the University: 1. Will there be a refund of CLAT application fees? NLSIU...

NLSIU Bangalore has released a set of FAQs relating to the upcoming NLAT 2020 examination, scheduled to be held on September 12, 2020.

Apart from exam schedule, technical/system requirements and instructions for candidates belonging to the PWD category, the following clarifications have been rendered by the University:

1. Will there be a refund of CLAT application fees?

NLSIU cannot comment on any aspects of the CLAT 2020, including refund of CLAT 2020 application fees. Queries regarding the same may be directed to the CLAT Consortium.

2. How does NLSIU propose to conduct the NLAT 2020 in a manner that prevents malpractices?

NLAT 2020 is a "home based" online examination that shall use a combination of AI-based and human proctoring.

  • Additionally, the test structure has been designed in the following manner to minimise the possibility of malpractices:
  • Candidates shall not be able to revisit a question that they have already viewed and moved past;
  • Randomisation of the sequence in which questions are displayed to candidates;
  • Questions have been drafted in a manner that require interpretative answers.

3. Will the NLAT 2020 be a proctored test? How will the proctoring be conducted?

NLAT 2020 will be proctored through a combination of technological, AI-based proctoring and human proctoring.

The necessary personnel to ensure human proctoring is being provided and trained by the vendor engaged by the University for the NLAT 2020. The vendor has experience conducting large-scale examinations in similar formats.

4. How does NLSIU propose to maintain transparency if the merit list is not being published?

Upon conclusion of the examination, the vendor engaged by the University will provide following information:

  • Subject-level score breakdown;
  • Detection of any possible malpractice.

Each candidate shall be informed of their merit rank individually.

A grievance redressal process shall be established that any candidate may use to raise challenges if they wish to do so.

5. Why does the NLAT 2020 have negative marking for unanswered/ un-attempted questions?

NLAT 2020 aims to test "depth of preparation". Negative answering for unanswered questions will ensure that those candidates who have prepared more comprehensively are able to score better than those that have not.

6. What is the rationale behind the lower number of questions in the NLAT 2020 as compared with the CLAT 2020, and the shorter duration of the NLAT 2020?

While the CLAT 2020 is proposed as a 2-hour examination, the NLAT 2020 is of a shorter duration, i.e. 45 minutes.

The examination structure of the NLAT 2020 aims to minimise the possibility of malpractices, and a shorter-format examination assists towards this in a home-based testing environment. This was also in response to "infrastructural concerns".

Certain changes have been made to the UG question paper structure to ensure a deeper testing of the skills and aptitude.

7. What is the rationale behind the scoring system for the NLAT 2020?

NLAT 2020 tests speed as well as accuracy and depth of preparation. The proposed scoring system will help ensure that candidates do not attempt to guess at the correct answer.

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