CLAT 2020 exam today; centres on Cov guard

KOLKATA: Candidates, whose temperatures are more than the recommended readings but who have not tested positive for Covid or have not been going through the isolation process, will be allowed to write their CLAT exams on Monday in isolation laboratories set up inside exam centres.

Invigilators in such labs will be in PPE gear. No Covid candidate will, however, be allowed to write the test as has been announced by the Consortium of Law Universities, that will conduct the exam nationwide today i.e., September 28. The Consortium will take a count at the end of the exams to see how many registered candidates could not appear for the exam because of Covid and might take a call on whether a special exam should be held later.

The two-hour exam, from 2 pm to 4 pm, will be organised on behalf of the Consortium by TCS iON.

On Sunday, candidates received a mail from the Consortium saying that many admit cards do not have clear pictures and in such cases, the candidates will have to carry hard copies of photographs that will be attached to their admit cards at the centres. They have also been told to carry a transparent bottle of drinking water, their own masks, gloves and sanitisers to the centre and reach at least an hour before.

A total of 3,000 Bengal candidates may write this entrance test to 22 law schools of the country, of which 2,000 are likely to appear from the lone Kolkata exam centre at TCS Gitobitan in Sector V. There are a total of nine centres across Bengal, up from two last year, because of the restricted movement that the Covid situation has brought in. This time, there are centres in Hooghly, Kalyani, Howrah, Asansol, Durgapur, Barrackpore, Barasat and Siliguri. Till last year, Kolkata and Siliguri were the only exam centres.

The Consortium has moved away from the pen and paper exam that was brought back last year and is holding a completely online exam. “Our observers have visited all centres with a check list to find out if sanitisation and social distancing measures are in place. Since some of these were JEE Advanced centres on Sunday, it almost served as a pre-CLAT drill,” said Nirmal Kanti Chakraborty, vice chancellor of the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) and also the nodal officer for CLAT.

At TCS Gitobitan, separate entrance and exit gates have been designated for the exam and crowd marshals have been deployed to ensure that parents leave the candidates 100 metres from the centres. Crowd marshals will be funnelling candidates maintaining social distancing, till they reach exam labs. Floor plan will not be displayed outside the gate.

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