CLAT 2021 Exam: As per the latest updates, the Supreme Court has rejected the plea to postpone the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 scheduled to be held on 23rd July. SC has directed that all COVID-19 safety measures have to be strictly followed. Also, the General Body of the Consortium of National Law Universities on 12th June had asked all students to get vaccinated before appearing for the exam, however, SC has uplifted that clause as well. The apex court said that the authorities should not insist on students taking the vaccination.
Plea To Postpone CLAT
A plea was filed before the SC seeking either a deferment of CLAT 2021 in view of the COVID-19 situation or to have an alternative method for conducting the examination. It challenged the 14th June notification of CLAT 2021 which was related to an advisory to students to get vaccinated before the examination. While the CLAT 2021 will be conducted as per the given schedule, the provision of vaccination will not be mandatory for candidates appearing in the examination. The consortium has also released the exam day guidelines to be followed by the candidates.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted in offline mode, in more than 80 cities across the country. It is conducted for admission to 5-year LLB and LLM programmes offered by 22 national law universities and several other affiliated law schools in the country. The NLU Consortium has also released the admit card for CLAT 2021 on 15th July 15. Candidates may download the admit card by logging into their registered accounts. It may be noted that the consortium has changed CLAT 2021 Bhubaneswar exam centres due to unavoidable circumstances. Admit cards for such candidates will be reissued at the official website.
Postponement of Entrance Exams
CLAT has been deferred before. It was earlier to be held in May then postponed to be conducted on 13th June and was again deferred till July. With the COVID-19 situation improving throughout the country, the dates will not be deferred any further. Most of the entrance exams including JEE Main, NEET have been deferred due to the pandemic and CLAT aspirants were also demanding that their exams should be postponed.