CLAT 2020: Observers to check Covid measures at exam centres – Times of India

KOLKATA: With the Supreme Court on Monday directing the consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) to conduct CLAT-2020 on September 28, a slew of protocols to minimize the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus has been firmed up for the entrance test to law universities next Monday.

NUJS has decided to appoint observers, who will visit the exam centres several times over the next few days to check whether the authorities there were implementing the safety measures or not. “A checklist will be provided to each observer,” said NUJS vice-chancellor Nirmal Kanti Chakraborty, who is also the convenor of CLAT in Bengal. TCS-iON, which had conducted JEE (Main) earlier this month on behalf of National Testing Agency, will organize CLAT as well.

More than 3,000 candidates are expected to appear for CLAT in Bengal. Among them, slightly more than 2,000 candidates will take the test from Kolkata. All of them have been assigned to one ecam centre, TCS Gitobitan at Sector V, Salt Lake. While earlier, the exam in Bengal was conducted in Kolkata and Siliguri only, this time, there will be nine centres, the additional ones being in Hooghly, Kalyani, Howrah, Asansol, Durgapur, Barrackpore and Barasat. “More centres have been added to ensure candidates do not have to travel long distances,” Chakraborty said. Applicants to undergradure courses will have to answer 150 questions, while postgraduate candidates will have to answer 120 questions, all in the span of two hours. There will be negative marking for every wrong answer.

According to the safety protocols, candidates will have to reach the venues one hour before the scheduled time, and no student will be allowed to enter the hall 15 minutes after the exam starts. The candidates will have to carry their own masks, gloves, sanitizers and a transparent bottle of water. The exam will be held from 2pm to 4pm. The new-normal drill will start with allotting crowd marshals from the gate to the labs, where the candidates will be seated. Separate entry and exit gates have been earmarked and the route that each candidate will take to his/ her lab has also been mapped so that there is no crowding at any point before or after the exam. “Each candidate will sit at alternate terminals,” an official at TCS iON said.

Candidates with temperature over the recommended reading, will be made to sit in the shade before another reading is taken.

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