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[Breaking] NLAT 2020 re-test paper leaked, students report; does not affect integrity of exam, NLSIU says

Bar & Bench received a copy of the paper at around 1:00 PM on Monday, while NLAT re-test was still underway.

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The controversy over the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT 2020) rages on, with reports coming in that the paper for the re-test has been leaked.

Bar & Bench received a copy of the paper at around 1:00 PM on Monday, while NLAT re-test was still underway.

Apparently this copy was verified by students as being the one they were tested on for the exam that took place from 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM. The paper was reportedly doing the rounds on social media platforms during the re-test.

A response from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore on this development is awaited.

[Update 2:55 PM] NLSIU has issued a statement addressing concerns surrounding the leak. The release states,

"The test paper was accessible to candidates only after they logged in to the platform. Thereafter, it appears that some candidates have copied the questions and circulated this on some messaging apps/emails after logging in.

While this is a malpractice under the NLAT proctoring guidelines, it does not affect the integrity of the exam as questions were already available to all candidates after login."

The technology put in place would be able to identify any "unusual candidate answer behaviour" and would result in disqualification of such candidates, the release goes on to state. The matter will be investigated further, the University says, assuring candidates of transparency and examination integrity.

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[Update 7:10 PM] NLSIU has issued another statement intimating that 26,071 candidates appeared for NLAT 2020.

80% of candidates who were offered a slot to re-write the exam on account of having faced technical difficulties on Saturday, wrote the re-test today.

Provisional answer keys for the UG and PG exams have been released. The University will accept objections to the answer key till midnight on September 14. The final answer key will be released on September 15. The release further states,

"The University and its technology partners are carefully scrutinising the digital records of the NLAT 2020 examination to accurately identify malpractice and disbar these candidates from consideration for admission to NLSIU."

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The conduct of NLAT 2020, held on Saturday, was marred with technical difficulties as students complained of verification, face recognition, and login issues, among others.

Subsequently, the University decided to hold a re-test for those candidates who had raised queries regarding such technical difficulties.

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