CLAT 2020-21: Supreme Court Scrapped NLAT Exam

By Aman Prakash|Updated : September 21st, 2020

NLAT (National Aptitude Test) 2020 the separate admission test held by National Law School of India University stands QUASHED by the Supreme Court of India. The court also directed NLSIU to admit students based on CLAT scores for the batch if 2020-21. 

  • The Consortium of the National Law Universities has been directed by the Supreme Court to conduct CLAT on 28th September 2020 which shall be in accordance with all the health guidelines issued by the authorities and central government.

  • The Hon'ble Supreme Court has also directed the Consortium to publish the result of CLAT 2020 to facilitate the law schools at the start of their academic year.

The Bench of Justices Ashok BhushanR Subhash Reddy and MR Shah had reserved judgment in the matter on September 17 after giving the case an extensive hearing. Earlier, the Court had allowed NLSIU to conduct the contentious NLAT, however, the Apex Court had held that the results would be declared subject to the decision of the Court.

NLAT 2020 was held on 12th & 14th September 2020 in 4 batches across the country. The total duration of the exam was 40 minutes and the total number of questions asked in the exam was 80. The test was conducted by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore for admissions to the 5 years integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) program, 2020 - 21. The overall level of the NLAT 2020 exam was moderate to difficult.

  • The Petitioners, in this case, claimed that NLSIU had failed miserably in the conduct of this exam and therefore they filed a rejoinder before the Court on this matter. The exam failed to be a success as it lacked transparency and it made a lot of candidates suffer.

  • This stance found encouragement from the Consortium of National Law Universities, which had also funnelled a counter affidavit in the matter through NALSAR Vice-Chancellor, Prof Faizan Mustafa. On the contrary, NLSIU and its Vice-Chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy filed affidavits claiming that the conduct of its exam was justified and further questioned the maintainability of the plea before the Supreme Court and pleading for the writ petition to be rejected with consummate costs.

  • One of the core points of disagreement in the matter was NLSIU's "unilateral" decision to hold a separate exam whilst being part of the Consortium. This society had come to be formed primarily to maintain a standard law entrance test for admissions to NLUs.

  • The technical constraints for writing NLAT were declaring the exam to be "exclusionary" and carrying the potential to refuse access to many aspirants, the petitioners have asserted. The exam pattern was also entirely different from that of CLAT, for which the students had been preparing for over a year, this point was heavily asserted.

The argument presented by NLSIU stated that the decision to conduct NLAT 2020 was taken under extreme circumstances along with the scenario that NLSIU would have faced a zero year owing to the fact that NLSIU is the only University in the consortium to have a trimester system.

CLAT 2020 exam will be conducted on 28th September 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. CLAT 2020 will be conducted in a centre based online test at various centres across the country.


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