NLAT paper leak: PDF copy of question paper goes viral on social media during re-exam - Times of India

BENGALURU: Even as the National Law Admission Test (NLAT) re-exam was under way on Monday, September 14, a PDF copy of the question paper was doing the rounds on social media platforms. The test was for students who had faced technical glitches when it was initially held on September 12.

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) stated some candidates had copied the questions and circulated them on messaging apps after logging in. NLAT is gateway to admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses of NLSIU.

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

While the exam started at 12.30pm, the question paper went viral on social media by 1pm, with another 15 minutes left for completion. “Our technology platform tracks and compares every candidate’s answer behaviour patterns. Hence, any unusual behaviour will be identified and result in disqualification. The university and its technology partners are scrutinising the digital rounds of the exams to identify malpractice,” it added.

However, students expressed concerns that the leaked paper was a clear proof of the failed proctoring as candidates appearing for the online exam had used another device to send the question paper.

“A lot of people in a law discussion group admitted to cheating. They did not get any warning while using Google or calculator. It shows how weak their proctoring was. I’m sure many will make it to the merit list by cheating and using unfair means,” an aspirant said.

However, the university said it, along with its technology partners, is “scrutinising the digital rounds of exams to accurately identify malpractice and disbar those candidates from consideration for admission.”

NLSIU said all candidates who raised technical queries received exam details for the re-test. Nearly 80% of them took the test. However, the university did not share the total number of students who were offered the re-exam.

This apart, technical glitches marred the test for some even on Monday. “I could not log in as my audio proctoring did not work. It was the same issue that I faced on Saturday. I called for assistance, but they did not help,” a candidate said.

Some students complained of their papers getting auto-submitted a few minutes after the exam started. However, the officials said it could be because the student was indulging in malpractice or because of other reasons.

The exam process left many students drained. “The time-frame was way less given the type of questions. The entire cycle of having to give a separate exam, preparing for it in nine days and then answering questions which are twice more difficult than the sample ones released was just a big confidence drainer for everyone,” said a candidate.

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