CLAT to Switch Back to Offline Mode from 2019

Aimed at curbing technical glitches faced during the last few years, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted in offline mode from 2019.

The significant decision regarding the CLAT test that is conducted by India’s 19 premier National Law Universities by rotation was taken at the fourth meeting of the Consortium of National Law Universities (NALSAR) that was organised in Hyderabad on Thursday.

“The decision was taken in view of the technical glitches experienced in the past few years. From 2019, students will again have to appear in pen-paper mode,” stated the official communiqué released on the occasion.

Further, highlighting the need to create a question bank and to improve the quality of the paper, the consortium resolved to work towards creating a question bank. “To improve the quality of the question paper of CLAT, the consortium resolved to create a question bank to which experts from all the NLUs and other institutions would be asked to contribute,” read the official press release.

CLAT was held for the first time in 2008 and was taken by over 40,000 candidates.  The next CLAT exam to be conducted by National Law University (Odisha) is scheduled to be held on May 12, 2019.

In another noteworthy development formulated at the meeting chaired by NALSAR Vice-Chancellor Prof Faizan Mustafa, the consortium also agreed to set up a CLAT secretariat and a permanent website that would remain active throughout the year.

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