CLAT 2011 Results: Technical Snags, Futile Scores; Students impatient

May 31, 2011 On May 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. approximately 24,000 eagerly awaited law-aspirants logged on to the website of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) with expectations to see themselves enrolled in at least one of the eleven national law schools of the country.

However, due to heavy traffic the website turned unresponsive and the server crashed. Anxious candidates were left clueless as this was not something they had predicted. The only option left was to continue hitting ‘Refresh’ till the problem was resolved.

At around 8:30 p.m a few candidates were able to access the result page. This was where the candidates found themselves in another puzzling situation. The former system of displaying the rank-wise merit list of all the candidates who had appeared for the exam was done away with. Instead students had to enter their roll numbers and controls numbers along with a security code provided in an image. Once entered students could view a particularized result page, which displayed only their secured marks, the break-up of the marks of each section, master rank and category wise rank.

The glitch here was that even though a candidate knew his master rank and total marks they could not see how many students were tied with them at the same master rank or see if they had achieved their college preference. Thus even though if a candidate had achieved a rank of 50, he would still not be celebrating as he did not know how many more students have got the same rank. Generally in CLAT, approximately 20 candidates are always tied with the same marks but the former list system applied the tie-breaker rules before-hand to display accurate ranking of the student.

Another technical snag reported was where the Master rank had to be displayed, an empty space appeared thus, further confusing the students. Students took a while to figure out that the space had to be highlighted so as to view the rank.

The Convenor has also apologized for the server outage and the inconvenience caused to the students. He said, “Lastly, we apologise
 for
 the
 serious
 inconvenience
 caused
 to
 many
 of
 you 
owing 
to overloading 
of 
the 
server 
and 
the
consequent
 down time. We
 are 
working 
round
 the 
clock 
to ensure 
that
 this 
will 
not 
happen 
in 
future. Please
 save 
us
 an 
apology 
for 
this”.

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