The Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) 2017 recorded an impressive 93% attendance on Sunday across the country and in trouble-torn Kashmir 47 of the 52 allotted candidates appeared for the online test, which experts said was a “positive sign”.
Bihar recorded 95.48% attendance – the highest in the country – followed by Madhya Pradesh at 95.37%.
The CLAT is an all-India entrance exam conducted by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
This year, Patna’s Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) organised the online admission test at 138 centres across the country. CNLU vice-chancellor A Lakshminath was the convener of the CLAT core committee comprising VCs of all the 18 NLUs.
“I am happy with the smooth conduct of the examination and it will augur well for Bihar. I have got reports from most places,” Lakshminath said.
CNLU registrar SP Singh told the Hindustan Times out of 50,676 candidates, who applied for CLAT countrywide, 47,108 reported for the online test that started at 3pm.
“In Bihar, out of 2,546 applicants, 2,431 appeared, which is higher than the national average. However, the most encouraging is the attendance in Kashmir. Another positive sign is youth’s growing inclination towards law,” Singh added.
Singh said that the attendance for CLAT increased by 7,000 this year compared to last year, while the number of candidates registering for the test went up by just 5000.
According to experts, candidates scoring 60% and above should clear CLAT as the test has negative marking for wrong answers. A few students found the test a little “tough”.
“The general studies segment was tough, but we tried to give our best,” Anjali Choudhary, who took CLAT for the first time and is waiting for her CBSE Class 12 board exam results, said.
Amit felt that solving 200 questions in 2 hours was a tough ask. “But it was the same for everyone. The questions were good for those who prepared well for CLAT. Some questions were conceptual type,” he added.