The (CLAT), 2019, is back to its offline approach after three tests conducted in online mode from 2015-2018. The test started initially in 2008, went online in 2015 till 2018.
“Issues such as limited infrastructure and inadequate access to technology in rural areas made it difficult to conduct the test online and therefore, the consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) in October 2018 decided to conduct CLAT in offline mode,” says Srikrishna Deva Rao, vice-chancellor of NLU, Orissa and convenor of .
As many as 21 NLU will be the test centres, besides other institutes across regions, which will be decided by the respective vice-chancellors. “The offline test will provide wider access to aspirants from rural areas and avoid other technical glitches encountered in last year‘s CLAT exam,” says Rao. The CLAT will now be conducted by the executive committee of the consortium that is headquartered in Bangalore. The Executive Committee of the consortium will comprise three NLUs, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) Hyderabad, and NLIU, Bhopal, as its ex officio members, the CLAT convenor of the year, the CLAT convenor of the following year and two co-opted vice-chancellors of NLUs.
“The decision of having a centralised way instead of one NLU conducting the test on rotation basis will not only bring transparency in the admission process but will also enhance quality in legal education,” he adds. “The decision of consortium to conduct CLAT 2019 in offline mode was made in the light of the fact that the number of students appearing in the entrance test is not large as IIT JEE or NEET. However, consortium is open to going for an online test in future once the number of applicants increases, says Rao.
CLAT, says Rao, is not an easy exam, but is not unachievable either, and practice of logical reasoning; legal aptitude and current affairs will provide an edge to the students. “Equal importance must be given to all the segments. As the questions in each segment varies, students must focus on time management,” he adds.