NLAT 2020 FAQs 

Here are some FAQs that will help you gain a better understanding of the Admission process at NLSIU for the five-year BA. LL.B. Undergraduate Programme and the one-year LL.M. Postgraduate Programme for the Academic Year 2020-21. Click on the FAQ sections to explore questions under each category. Follow this page for regular updates.

POST EXAM QUERIES

I faced technical difficulties during the NLAT 2020. How do I raise a query?

NLAT 2020 candidates who may have faced technical difficulties during the exam may login to the admissions.nls.ac.in portal and raise a query by 12 noon on September 13, 2020. The University has constituted a Technical Review Committee for NLAT 2020. A thorough technical review will be carried out and candidates will receive a response.

Will the NLAT 2020 Question Papers be released?

Yes. Question Papers of all batches are available on admissions.nls.ac.in.

When will the NLAT 2020 provisional answer keys be released?

Provisional answer keys for UG NLAT and PG NLAT 2020 have been released on the University website admissions.nls.ac.in. Candidates may raise objections if any by sending an email to nlat2020key@nls.ac.in on or before midnight, September 13, 2020.

How many candidates registered for NLAT 2020?

Over 27, 500 students registered for NLAT 2020.

How many candidates appeared for the NLAT 2020?

The UG NLAT exam was conducted across three sessions. Of the 24, 603 who registered for the UG NLAT, a total of 23, 225 candidates appeared for the exam.
The PG NLAT exam was conducted in a single session where 2846 candidates appeared out of 2935 registered candidates.  Among PWD candidates, 99 out of 100 UG candidates and 23 out of 24 PG candidates attempted the exam.

I missed the chance to raise a technical query on September 12, 2020. Can I do it now?

The window to raise technical queries for NLAT 2020 was closed at 12 noon on September 13, 2020. A notification was put up on our website admissions.nls.ac.in and on social media on September 12, 2020. Candidates were also informed via SMSes/emails regarding the same. Based on the Technical Review Committee’s recommendation, some candidates who had raise a query on technical difficulties were offered an additional exam slot.

Was it mandatory to appear for the additional NLAT exam slot conducted on Sep 14, 2020?

It was not mandatory to appear for the additional slot.

Which score will be considered if I have appeared for the test on Sep 14, 2020?

If you did not appear for the exam on September 14, 2020, the answers of your September 12, 2020 examination will be retained and considered for your final score. If you choose to login for the exam on Sep 14, 2020, your previous exam score and answers will be erased.

GENERAL QUERIES - NLAT 2020

What is the deadline for applying to NLSIU this year?

NLSIU, Bengaluru will conduct the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT), 2020 for admission to its undergraduate B.A., LL.B. (Hons) and postgraduate LL.M. programmes for the year 2020-21 on September 12, 2020. 

Applications open September 3, 2020 and close at midnight on September 10, 2020. Candidates may submit their applications for the NLAT 2020 at: https://admissions.nls.ac.in/

Announcements regarding the admission process and counselling will follow after NLAT. For more details of the NLAT please visit: https://admissions.nls.ac.in/

Will NLSIU participate in the CLAT 2020? If NLSIU conducts the NLAT, will they consider CLAT 2020 scores for admission?

The Admissions Notification published on the NLSIU website exclusively governs all admissions to the B.A., LL.B (Hons) and LL.M. Programmes of NLSIU for the year 2020-21. Any student who seeks admission to NLSIU must apply directly to the University and complete the NLAT 2020 Entrance examination. The University will not accept CLAT 2020 scores for admission to Academic Year 2020-21.

Will there be a refund of CLAT application fees?

NLSIU cannot comment on any aspects of the CLAT 2020. Any queries or requests in this regard may be directed to the appropriate authorities in the Consortium of NLUs.

How does NLSIU propose to conduct the NLAT 2020 in a manner that prevents malpractices?

The NLAT 2020 will use a combination of AI-based and human proctoring. Additionally, the test structure has been designed in a manner that minimises the possibility of candidate malpractices. This includes candidates not being able to revisit a question that they have already viewed and moved past and the randomisation of the sequence in which questions are displayed to candidates. Furthermore, the questions for the NLAT 2020 have been drafted in a manner that requires interpretative answers, which minimises the utility of referring to the internet or other sources for answers. 

How does NLSIU propose to maintain transparency?

The vendor engaged by the University will provide detailed reports to the University upon the conclusion of the examination. These include a subject-level score breakdown, as well as whether any possible malpractices have been detected. Each candidate shall be informed of their merit rank. A grievance redressal process shall be established that any candidate may use to raise challenges if they wish to do so. The University is committed to a fair examination process, and will continue to make efforts for this.

Why does the NLAT 2020 have negative marking for unanswered/ un-attempted questions?

The NLAT 2020 aims to test depth of preparation and recognise those candidates who have the combination of skills and abilities that the University seeks in incoming students. Negative marking for unanswered questions in the present format of the NLAT 2020 (home-based, remote proctored, and shorter format) will help ensure those candidates who have prepared more comprehensively are able to score better than those that have not.

Will the NLAT 2020 be a proctored test? How will the proctoring be conducted?

The NLAT 2020 will be proctored through a combination of technological, Artificial Intelligence-based proctoring, as well as human proctoring. The necessary personnel to ensure human proctoring is being provided and trained by the vendor engaged by the University for the NLAT 2020 to ensure the examination is conducted in as smooth and fair a manner as possible. The vendor has experience conducting large-scale examinations in similar formats.

What is the rationale behind the fewer number of questions in the NLAT 2020 as compared to the CLAT 2020?

The examination structure of the NLAT 2020 aims to minimise the possibility of malpractices, and a shorter-format examination assists towards this in a home-based testing environment. This was also in response to infrastructural concerns. In addition, certain changes have been made to the question paper structure for the undergraduate paper that ensure a deeper testing of the skills and aptitude that the NLAT 2020 aims to evaluate.

Why the shorter duration for NLAT 2020?

While the CLAT 2020 is proposed as a 2-hour examination, the NLAT 2020 is of a shorter duration for the reasons described and because it has fewer questions than the proposed format of the CLAT 2020.

Why does the NLAT 2020 not permit candidates to review/ revisit questions?

This is one of the measures taken to prevent candidate malpractices. In combination with the scoring pattern of the NLAT 2020 and the randomised sequencing of question sets for each candidate, this will help towards preventing unauthorised collaboration among candidates and among candidates and others.

What is the rationale behind the scoring system for the NLAT 2020?

The NLAT 2020 tests speed as well as accuracy and depth of preparation. The proposed scoring system will help ensure that candidates do not attempt to guess at the correct answer; further, in combination with a shorter format and fewer questions, this helps ensure that deeper preparation is recognised and rewarded. 

Has NLSIU conducted online proctored/home proctored exams before?

Yes, NLSIU has conducted exams that involved online proctoring/home proctoring for candidates. Earlier this year, the University conducted online proctored exams for candidates for the MPP (Masters in Public Policy) Programme and also for candidates enrolled into the various Distance Education Programmes.

For NLAT 2020 however, we have a different system which is further improved and will involve a more sophisticated manner of proctoring the examination.

EXAM RELATED QUERIES

Where can I access my exam details?

Students can login to the admissions.nls.ac.in portal and access their exam time, link and password for NLAT 2020 examination held on September 12, 2020.

Is there a Helpdesk for NLAT 2020?

Yes, candidates can email their queries to nlsadmissions@nls.ac.in or
Call 080-471-89145 in case of issues faced during the exam.

In case of technical issues during the exam, is there an alternate number I can call?

If the helpdesk number is busy, candidates can call the technical assistance number communicated to them during the verification process and in case of internet failure. You may login to the admissions.nls.ac.in portal to access this technical assistance number.

What items are not allowed during the NLAT 2020?

  • No eatables/consumables are allowed during the exam.
  • No Calculators
  • No headphones/earphones, audio devices
  • No foreign devices other than the device used to write the exam.

What items are allowed during the test?

Two blank A4 sheets and blue ball point pens are allowed for rough work.
A bottle of water is allowed during the test.

Is there an admit card for NLAT 2020?

No. Candidates are only required to have their Government ID.

When will the Mock Tests be held for NLAT 2020?

Mock Tests for NLAT 2020 will be available from 9 AM, September 9, 2020, until 12 AM (midnight), September 12, 2020. Candidates can attempt the Mock Test as many times as they want. Details to access the Mock Tests will be shared with all the registered candidates.

Will the proctoring checks be applicable for the Mock Tests?

No, the Mock Test is not proctored. The NLAT Mock Test is for candidates to familiarise themselves with the NLAT examination interface. Proctoring Protocols will be applicable for the main NLAT examination on September 12, 2020 to ensure highest level of integrity. The Proctoring Protocols can be accessed here.

Will a simulation test be available?

Yes. A Simulation Test of the exact NLAT examination process will be available for candidates on September 11, 2020. Registered candidates will receive details regarding this Simulation Test on their registered Phone Numbers and Email addresses.

Candidates may receive a different batch time for the Simulation Test than for the actual NLAT examination. This is a measure to prevent malpractice.

Candidates must check their batch timings for the Simulation Test and for the actual NLAT examination carefully.

Will NLSIU be publishing a merit list? 

A General Merit list will be prepared prior to admissions and all students may access the marks secured and rank using their admissions login. The Provisional admission list will be provided with the names and ranks of selected students. The Marks secured by other students are personal information protected from disclosure.

Will there be normalisation of scores in UG NLAT 2020?

UG NLAT 2020 will be conducted in three sessions in line with other large examinations. It is possible that in spite of all efforts to maintain equivalence among various question papers, the difficulty level of the question papers administered in different sessions may not exactly be the same.

To overcome this, a Normalization procedure will be used to compile law scores across batches and ensure a level playing field where candidates are neither benefitted nor disadvantaged due to the difficulty level of the exam.

UG NLAT 2020

How many batches of students are there for UG NLAT 2020?

The UG NLAT will be conducted in three batches on September 12, 2020.

What are the timings for the UG NLAT 2020?

Batch 1:
Reporting time: 12:00 pm
Exam Start time: 12:30 pm

Batch 2:
Reporting time: 1.45 pm
Exam Start time: 2.15 pm

Batch 3:
Reporting time: 3:30 pm
Exam Start time: 4:00 pm

15 minutes extra will be given to PWD Candidates in accordance with the notification released on Sep 7, 2020.

When will I know which batch I belong to?

Candidates will be informed of their batch at least 24 hours in advance of the main exam.

Cambridge/IB/Other international Boards – My Class 12/A-level results are awaited. Am I eligible for UG NLAT 2020?

You will be required to submit your final Class 12 transcripts at the time of admission to the University.

PG NLAT 2020

What are the timings for LL.M. Candidates appearing for PG NLAT 2020?

Reporting time – 5:30 pm
Exam start time – 6:00 pm
Exam end time – 6:40 pm
Exam end time for PWD candidates – 6:55 pm 

I am applying for the LL.M. Programme but I don’t have my final degree certificates. Can I still appear for PG NLAT 2020?

Yes, you may appear for NLAT 2020. Candidates who are yet to complete their academic programme, are yet to write their exams or, those awaiting examination results have time till December 31, 2020 to submit their academic certificates to NLSIU authorities.

If you are unable to submit the documents by this deadline, the candidate’s provisional offer of admission will be cancelled.

Please note, this is only applicable for academic certificates such as scanned copies of original marks statement and pass certificate of LL.B or equivalent degree.

The remaining documents will have to be submitted at the time of admission to the University. The full list of documents to be submitted may be viewed here.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Will Persons With Disabilities be able to avail the services of a Scribe?

Yes. PWD candidates with benchmark disabilities of the following types – visual impairment, cerebral palsy and locomotor disability (both arms affected) – are entitled to avail the services of a Scribe.

PWD candidates with other types of benchmark disabilities (other than visual impairment, cerebral palsy and locomotor disability (both arms affected)) are entitled to avail the services of a Scribe, provided they submit appropriate medical certificates to the effect that the candidate has a physical limitation to write, as per the pro forma provided here ( Appendix I).

Does the Scribe need to submit any additional documents?

PWD candidates will be required to choose their own Scribe and submit a Letter of Undertaking (provided here – Appendix II), ensuring:
a. The minimum educational qualification of the Scribe is matriculation (Class 10 pass) or equivalent.
b. The maximum educational qualification of the Scribe does not exceed the candidate’s own qualifications.

The Scribe will also need to submit a picture of a Government ID.

Will I get additional time if I am a PWD candidate?

Yes. All PWD candidates with benchmark disabilities shall be provided additional/ compensatory time of 15 minutes (for both, the NLAT 2020 UG and PG tests) to complete the NLAT 2020; this includes PWD candidates who avail the services of a scribe.

ACCESSIBILITY

If I do not have the facilities necessary to appear for the NLAT 2020 at my home, can I take the NLAT 2020 at another place where the necessary facilities are available?

Yes, if the alternative venue you wish to take the NLAT 2020 from complies with the test protocols published, you can appear for the NLAT 2020 from such other locations. It is not necessary that you take the NLAT 2020 exclusively from your home or the address you have provided in your Application Form – you can appear for the NLAT 2020 from any location that meets the requirements published.

I am unable to meet the technical requirements for the NLAT at my home. What do I do? 

NLSIU is committed to ensuring the NLAT 2020 is conducted in an accessible and student friendly manner. Candidates can now take the NLAT 2020 at centres across India managed by Testpan India Pvt. Ltd., a national centre-based testing company. Testpan is able to provide technical equipment and space for students who are unable to meet the NLAT 2020 test requirements in several cities across India. In the interests of equity, candidates can avail these facilities at a minimal cost of Rs. 350. These centres will strictly observe all the necessary COVID health and safety protocols. 

Please note that NLSIU is not responsible for technical problems, internet outages or any other issues that may arise at Testpan centres. The arrangement is a private agreement between Testpan and the candidate and NLSIU does not bear any liability in relation to the same.

Please also note that each centre will have limited availability and a centre-based option is in the interests of making the NLAT 2020 accessible for students who are unable to meet the requirements for a home-based exam.  

How do I register for a Centre?

Students interested in availing the services of the TestPan centres are requested to send an email at info@testpanindia.com mentioning their name, number, email id and the current city. Candidates who wish to explore this option may also contact Mr. Yogender Chauhan, Testpan India Pvt. Ltd., +91 7428461194

Can students appear for NLAT 2020 from any other Centre that has not been identified/whitelisted by NLAT authorities? 

No. Our technological systems will identify the location and descriptors of all devices. If there is evidence of people working together in a single site, this will be interpreted as evidence of malpractice unless this a Centre or a Group identified/whitelisted by NLAT authorities.

TEST CENTRES

Where are the Centres located?

For candidates who wish to explore the option of writing from a centre, Testpan offers centre-based testing facilities in the locations listed below. This will be updated on an ongoing basis to ensure greater accessibility. 

Please note, Booking requests for these centres are now closed. (Updated Sep 11, 2020) 

City State/UT
Agra Uttar Pradesh
Ajmer Rajasthan
Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
Aurangabad Maharastra
Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
Bhubaneswar Odisha
Bikaner Rajasthan
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chennai Tamil Nadu
Dehradun Uttarakhand
Delhi NCT
Dhanbad Jharkhand
Gaya Bihar
Goa Goa
Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh
Gurugram Haryana
Guwahati Assam
Hyderabad Telangana
Imphal Manipur
Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
Jaipur Rajasthan
Kolkata West Bengal
Kochi Kerala
Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
Madurai Tamil Nadu
Mumbai Maharashtra
Nagpur Maharastra
Nashik Maharastra
Patna Bihar
Ranchi Jharkhand
Raipur Chattisgarh
Rohtak Haryana
Rourkela Odisha
Simla Himachal Pradesj
Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir
Surat Gujarat
Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
Warangal Telangana

TECHNICAL ISSUES

What efforts is NLSIU making to ensure the technical requirements/specifications for the NLAT 2020 do not exclude a larger number of candidates from appearing for the test?

NLSIU has closely monitored the comments and queries that NLAT candidates have communicated to us in relation to the technical specifications/ requirements for the NLAT 2020, and have been working proactively with the vendors engaged for the NLAT 2020 to make the test accessible to as large a number of candidates as possible. Towards this end:

(i) The NLSIU team is working closely with the vendors engaged for the NLAT 2020 to explore options that reduce the Internet bandwidth requirement for the NLAT 2020 to 512 kbps. Further, we are also making an effort to ensure:
(ii) the NLAT 2020 is accessible to candidates using Mac OS as well as Linux computers in addition to Windows computers, and
(iii) the NLAT 2020 is accessible to candidates using Android mobile devices.

We are also preparing suitable modifications to the proctoring protocols for the NLAT 2020 to ensure these changes do not compromise test integrity in any manner. 

What if I face issues related to power cut or internet connectivity?

Instructions will be provided to candidates on the test screen as well as in advance of the examination in a ‘Candidate Manual’ in relation to situations such as power cuts/ internet failures.

Candidates may also reach out to the Helpdesk (080-471-89145) or the technical assistance number provided to them by logging into the admissions.nls.ac.in portal.

The assessment system used for the NLAT 2020 can permit the candidate to continue answering the question paper in the event of internet failure. However, this is subject to the Proctor’s discretion, and subject to the candidate’s system re-connecting to the examination interface within the time frame, and in the manner stipulated in the on-screen instructions and the Candidate Manual.

Are external webcams allowed for NLAT 2020?

Yes, candidates can use external webcams for the test if their device does not have an in-built camera with the required specifications.

If I am using an android device for the exam, does the front camera constitute as web camera? Or do I need to set up another web camera during the exam?

The front camera of the android device will serve as the webcam. Candidates need not attach another webcam unless the camera quality of the android device is poor.

What if a student’s webcam is not supported on the device?

This issue can occur due to the following reasons

  • Non-Functional Webcam
  • If webcam access is not allowed for the website
  • If the browser is not updated

Here are some steps that could resolve the issue:

Clear Cache

Press CTRL+Shift+Delete – The command will open Clear Browsing Data. Please follow the steps mentioned below: 

Step 1- Go to advanced settings
Step 2- In the ‘Time Range’ option, click on the drop down menu and select All Time
Step 3- Select Browsing History, Download History, Cookies and other site data, cached images and file
Step 4- Click on Clear Data Steps to allow web cam access

Allow webcam access through Google Chrome: 

Step 1- On top right corner on your Google Chrome browser, click on ‘More’ and select ‘Settings’
Step 2- Under “Privacy and Security” tab, click Site settings.
Step 3 – Click on Camera or Microphone
Step 4- Allow the website to access the Webcam
Step 5-After selecting all the features, please refresh the page and start the assessment

Allow browser update:

Step 1- On top right corner of your Google Chrome browser, click on ‘More’ and select ‘Settings’
Step 2- On the left-hand of the screen, click on ‘About Chrome’
Step 3 – You can check the status here and update your browser

 

What if a student’s audio is not supported on the device?

This issue occurs for the following reasons

  • Audio on the system is muted
  • If the audio access is not allowed for the website
  • If the browser is not update

Here are some steps that could resolve the issue

Clear Cache

Press CTRL+Shift+Delete – The command will open Clear Browsing Data. Then, please follow these steps mentioned below: 

Step 1- Go to advanced settings
Step 2 – In the Time Range option, click on the drop down menu and select ‘All Time’
Step 3 – Select Browsing History, Download History, Cookies and other site data, cached images and file
Step 4 – Click on Clear Data Steps to allow audio access

Allow webcam access to give access to audio:

Step 1- On top right corner of the Google Chrome browser, click on ‘More,’ and then click on ‘Settings’
Step 2- Under “Privacy and Security,” click Site settings.
Step 3- Click Microphone.
Step 4- Allow the website to access the audio
Step 5 – After selecting all the features, please refresh the page and start the assessment

Allow browser update (Google Chrome): 

Step 1- On top right corner click More and then click on ‘Settings’ on Google Chrome
Step 2- On the left-hand of the screen, click on “About Chrome”
Step 3 – You can check the status here and update your browser

PROCTORING PROTOCOL

Will the proctoring checks be applicable for the Mock Tests?

No, the Mock Test is not proctored. The NLAT Mock Test is for candidates to familiarise themselves with the NLAT examination interface. Proctoring Protocols will be applicable for the main NLAT examination on September 12, 2020 to ensure highest level of integrity. The Proctoring Protocols can be accessed here.

What can be constituted as malpractice during the NLAT 2020?

Impersonation (during candidate validation prior to examination commencement)

Inappropriate surroundings at test location
External help solicited (suspected)/ Someone other than permitted scribes present in the vicinity
Candidate looking in other directions continuously/ periodically
Candidate talking/ communicating in any other manner with someone other than permitted scribes
Talking/Speaking/Making Gestures (could include gestures that indicate use of another device/ looking at chat applications/ mirror/ other screen, etc.)

Window Switch (Accessing any other window other than the test window)
Candidate’s face not detected (Candidate not present in front of system)
Multiple persons detected
Foreign Device Observed (Mobiles/Tablets/Calculators etc.)
Candidates observed wearing Earphones/Headphones/Bluetooth Audio devices
Simultaneous login attempts from multiple devices

To view proctor action on the above mentioned malpractices, click here

NOTE: Proctors can take action if they notice any other type of malpractice during the test.

Where can I view the full list of proctoring guidelines?

The Proctoring Protocol Guidelines may be viewed here: https://admissions.nls.ac.in/documents/ProctoringProtocol-NLAT2020.pdf

Is the proctor in the Proctoring Protocol guidelines a human or an algorithm?

The proctor mentioned in the proctoring protocol guidelines is human.

The NLAT 2020 will be proctored through a combination of technological, Artificial Intelligence-based proctoring, as well as human proctoring. This involves 3 layers:
Human proctor
AI proctor
Super proctor, who will be a NLSIU personnel.

Can the exam sessions of candidates be scrutinised after the exam?

Further investigation post the examination will be carried out with help of audit logs generated on the system, and NLSIU may disqualify the candidate upon such examination.

How will the proctoring system help in ensuring that malpractices are observed?  

The proctoring process is a three-layered system involving a combination of human, AI and super proctors. While the human proctor will closely monitor the candidates writing the exam, detailed reports on all activities of the candidate during the exam will be generated by the examination system.

These reports will be further scrutinised in minute detail before any offers of admission are made.

What if a student is keeping other devices like a calculator or another phone during the examination? 

If a candidate is caught looking in other directions continuously, or is suspected to be using or looking at any other device, the candidate will be asked to show the surroundings, tilt the screen or do a 360-degree sweep of the room.

What kind of action can the proctor take against a candidate suspected of indulging in malpractice? 

Proctors may send the following messages during the exam:
To sweep the camera in a circle around the place you are taking the assessment
To tilt the device/ keyboard you are using for the assessment
To show a 360-degree view of the entire room by turning on a webcam (laptops/desktops) or front/ selfie camera (mobile devices)

Please note: Any candidate who fails to comply with the proctor’s instruction within 45 seconds will be logged out of the examination. Proctors may permit 10 additional seconds in situations where they, in their discretion, determine that the candidate may not have noticed messages from the proctor in the course of attempting the exam.

Can a candidate be terminated from NLAT 2020 during the course of the examination?

Proctors have the power to terminate candidates from NLAT 2020 in the following situations:

If any unauthorised person or unauthorised device is observed in the candidate’s vicinity other than permitted scribes.
If HDMI cables/ external devices/ projection of the test screen, etc., is observed
If the proctor observes a phone/ tablet/ other device falling/ slipping when the device/ keyboard used for the assessment is tilted

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