Law School NewsLSAT India

To ensure fairness for students who have registered for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII examinations in May, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced today that it will reschedule the 2021 LSAT—India, originally scheduled to begin 10 May 2021, to 14 June 2021. By allotting more time between tests, students will be able to adequately prepare for both examinations.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the LSAT—India will be administered through an online test delivery system utilizing artificial intelligence-assisted remote proctoring to secure the integrity and validity of the test. The LSAT—India will be delivered over several days and time slots in the week starting 14 June 2021 in order to accommodate the large number of anticipated test takers. The deadline for registration has also been extended to 4 June 2021.

For students who wish to take the LSAT—India before the CBSE, LSAT—India will open an administration on 25 March 2021. Registration for that session opens from 3 Feb and close on 14 March 2021.

Aspirants who choose this option can take the test in March – well before the scheduled board exams – and use these scores for their law college application. An aspirant can also re-test in June and have their best score reported for their preferred college for admissions.

Students can register for the LSAT—India 2021 by visiting discoverlaw.in/register-for-the-test.

Students who register prior to 12 February 2021 will be eligible for the special early-bird price of INR 3499 per test for the March or June test administration. Students who register after 12 February 2021 will pay the standard price of INR 3799 for either administration. Students who register after 12 February but wish to sit for both tests, will be able to pay a discounted fee of INR 7300.

After the closure of registration period, candidates will receive scheduling details and instructions on how to take the online test to facilitate a seamless experience. LSAC will provide additional information about the online LSAT—India in the weeks ahead.

The LSAT—India is being used by many top law colleges in India as the entrance exam for securing admission to their law programmes. The LSAT—India allows students to take a single test to apply to many top law schools, making it a great choice for students who want to maximize their opportunities and save time, stress, and money.  The list of colleges accepting LSAT—India as one of their key admission criteria can be accessed HERE

Applicants can prepare for the exam using the material that is free to download from the Discover Law website (discoverlaw.in/prepare-for-the-test).

For more detailed information, please visit www.discoverlaw.in 

About LSAT—India

LSAT—India is a standardised test adopted as an admission criterion by multiple law colleges across India. It measures skills that are considered essential for success in law school. LSAT—India is specially created for admission to law schools in India by the Law School Admission Council, USA (LSAC). The LSAC has been helping law schools in various countries evaluate the critical thinking skills of their applicants for more than 70 years.

Case BriefsCOVID 19Supreme Court

Supreme Court: In an urgent hearing on Sunday evening, the 3-judge bench of AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshawari and Sanjiv Khanna, JJ has dismissed the petition challenging the conduct of Rajasthan Board examination from June 29 to June 30, 2020.

The conduct of examination was challenged on the ground of inappropriate facilities or the possibility of exposure of the students to COVID-19 due to breach of standard operating procedure. However, the Court noticed that the petitioner failed to,

“… highlight the deficiency of facilities or for that matter flouting of any protocol specified by the Central Government or State Government in any examination centre, whilst conducting such examination during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.”

The Court also took note of the fact that as per the schedule published in the official website of the Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan, Ajmer, the examinations have been held on  from June 18 to June 20, 2020 and June 22 to June 27, 2020. The Court, hence, found no force in the submissions of the petitioner and dismissed the petition.

[Maghi Devi v. Union of India, 2020 SCC OnLine SC 546 , decided on 28.06.2020]

Case BriefsHigh Courts

Rajasthan High Court: Sangeet Lodha, J. dismissed a writ petition seeking directions to the Board of Secondary Education to permit him to appear for Class XII examination in the subject Geography.

The relevant facts of the case being the petitioner-candidate had appeared in Class XII Board Examinations in 2017 and had passed with First Division. Thereafter, the petitioner had decided to reappear the Class XII examination with a new optional subject Geography. The petitioner was permitted admission and he pursued the course diligently and applied for the examination. The Board accepted his request however, in the admit card, which was issued to him, the subject History was replaced in place of Geography. The coordinate bench of Rajasthan High Court had passed an order allowing the petitioner to appear for the examination without any restrictions.

The counsel representing the petitioner-candidate, Vijay Jain, submitted that the School and the Board did not have the right to restrict the candidate from appearing for the examination since his application to reappear for the examination was already accepted by the Board.

The counsels representing the respondent, Rakesh Aora and Abdul Wahid, contended that the Board has certain prescribed rules and regulations and in accordance to the Board guidelines it has approved the candidate to reappear in the same subjects as his erstwhile examination since the Board cannot issue more than one certificate for one candidate.

Upon hearing the submissions from respective counsels, and perusal of the rules prescribed, the court sought to dismiss the present writ petition since “as per the scheme of the examination, no candidate after passing the Secondary/Senior Secondary Examination is entitled to appear again in the examination while changing the subjects. In other words, if a candidate wants to appear in the examination again for the purpose of improvement of division, he is entitled to do so, but in the same subjects.” Thus, the Board was justified in allowing the candidate to reappear for the examination only for the same subjects as before for the purpose of improvement. It was also noted by the Court that since the candidate had already appeared for the examination relating to the subject of Geography, it shall be cancelled and he shall be allowed to appear for the examination relating to the subject History.[Ramniwas v. State of Rajasthan, 2019 SCC OnLine Raj 2854, decided on 11-09-2019]

Hot Off The PressNews

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a ‘High Powered Committee’ to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE with a view to prevent leakages.

The terms of reference of the Committee are as under:

(a) To revisit all aspects related to the security checks built into the system for ensuring that the question papers reach the examinees without tampering.

(b) To examine and assess all areas of potential weakness in the present system of transporting question papers from the printing presses to the examinees.

 (c) To suggest ways in which the system can be made more secure with the use of technology and minimization of human intervention.

The 7 member committee includes:

  1. Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Retd. Secy., (Higher Education), MHRD — Chairperson
  2. Shri Pavnesh Kumar, Retd. Controller of Examination(CBSE) & Former Secy.,(UP Examination Board) — Member
  3. J.S. Rajput, India representative on the executive board of UNESCO, former director (NCERT) & former Chairman (NCTE) — Member
  4. Vasudha Kamat, Independent Director (IRCON) & Former VC (SNDT Women’s University) — Member
  5. Krishna Mohan Tripathy (Ex-Director of Education, UP) & Chairman (Board of High School & Intermediate Education, UP)— Member
  6. Senior representative of DG (NIC)Member
  7. Joint Secretary (SE-II) — Member

The Committee has been directed to submit its report by/on/before 31-05-2018.

[Press Release no. 1527577, dt. 04-04-2018]

Ministry of Human Resource Development