Goof ups in law question paper adds to students’ exam woes

  • Omkar Gokhale, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 22:16 IST

Another glitch has hit the ongoing law exams. On Friday, students appearing for the ninth semester Bachelor of Legal Studies (BLS) – a five-year course – and fifth semester LLB exam in Interpretation of Statutes said that two questions of 12 marks each were repeated in the paper and one two-mark question was missing from question number one.

Around 2,000 students appeared for the paper.

Shubham Misar, a third-year LLB student of Government Law College, Churchgate, said, “The question paper was based on just two of the eight chapters in the syllabus. We were confused, as we could not decide which question to answer owing to the repetitions in question four.”

According to students, in one section of the paper, only nine questions were asked instead of required 10, which added to the confusion.

Also, in section four, which carries 48 marks, of the six sub-questions, two questions – a and e, c and d – were repeated.

According to the students, the sub-questions a and e were based on the internal and external aids of interpretation of statute, while sub-questions c and d were based on the repeal of statute.

“The invigilators rectified the mistake in question one half-an-hour later and added one more question. But our anxious wait for correction in question four was in vain, as no changes were made,” said Misar.

Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations, Mumbai university, said, “The question paper, which was printed in Marathi, contained 10 questions. But in the paper printed in English, which had only nine instead of 10 questions, we added one question later.”

Kenith Vaz, a fifth-year student of Rizvi Law College, Bandra, said, “Such confusions can adversely affect students’ performance. The varsity should have proofread the question paper well in advance. Also, while adding the question, the order was messed up and we had to correct everything again.”

“If we receive complaints from students about the repeated questions, we will consider them while assessing the paper,” said Bhonde.

Mess over the mistakes
Use of black ink
: A new rule by the University of Mumbai stating that answer sheets have to be written in black ink only recently caught around 5,000 undergraduate law students by surprise on the first day of their semester exams. Later, varsity officials clarified that the black ink was needed only to fill up the first page of the answer sheet.

Supplementary sheets: A rule pertaining to supplementary sheets to write answers confused students. Students were informed that they would not be handed out supplementary sheets as the answer booklet contained sufficient number of pages. Later, the university’s exam department asked colleges to distribute the supplements, if necessary.

Time-table: Though the law exams were slated to begin on December 2, the time-table released by the varsity in October indicated that the exams would begin on November 11, which caused students to panic. The university later rectified the time-table.

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