CLAT 2014 Results: GNLU Admits ‘Barcode’ Blunder, Promises Transparency and ‘Reconciliation’ of Marks. But How?

Hat-tip to CLAT Mentor Rajneesh Singh [via Facebook]

GNLU Press Note No. 31/2014
Clarification – CLAT 2014 Results

The press note, published on the GNLU Facebook Page, has been reproduced verbatim. UPDATE: The press note has now been published on the CLAT website too. See here.

Upon declaration of the results on 31 May 2014, the CLAT -2014 Secretariat, Gujarat National Law University, received emails from several CLAT-2014 candidates expressing concern on the marks expected and the score declared.

To ensure integrity and confidentiality of the OMR sheet, the candidates were required to put the barcode sticker on the front page of OMR while name, signature, roll number and candidate sticker were to be affixed along with invigilator’s signature, and later concealed on the back page of the OMR sheet during the examination.

Candidates were also required to sign the attendance list, after affixing of the stickers, in addition to display of admit card and signature by the invigilators.

During the process of dealing with the queries upon the declaration of the results, the only issue the Secretariat found was that the barcode sticker affixed on the front page of OMR answer sheet and candidate sticker affixed on the back page, in few cases, was mismatching.

Any mismatch between the barcode and the candidate sticker can cause the marks being reflected against a different roll number. In other words, if on the OMR of candidate X, by mistake the barcode sticker of candidate Y was affixed on the front page, (s)he would get score of Y candidate than his/her own.

This would obviously generate a scenario of mismatching of score and eventual incorrect merit list.

To remove any error due to this mismatch and to ensure that the OMR-generated score belongs to the corresponding candidate only, the reconciliation of the barcode sticker and the candidate sticker has been undertaken for all candidates.

The process integrity and confidentiality standards adopted by the CLAT -2014 Secretariat are very high and the robust mechanism has been adopted to eliminate any scope of error.

Therefore, candidates are advised and reassured that they should have no doubt whatsoever. Furthermore, OMR answer sheets will be uploaded in individual candidate’s login account once the reconciliation process is over. In addition to access to softcopy of their own OMR, the CLAT-2014 Secretariat will be open for interested candidates for physical verification.

CLAT -2014 Secretariat appreciates hundreds of compliments and suggestion from candidates, parents and all stakeholders on uploading of the model answer key and the process of online registration, counseling and admission undertaken for the first time since the introduction of CLAT in 2008.

The reconciliation process will ensure fairness and justice to everyone and eliminate any error or doubt anyone may have in the process.

The revised results will be declared as soon as possible and we will ensure that any delay due to this reconciliation is reduced to the maximum extent possible. CLAT-2014 Secretariat thanks all for their patience, understanding and cooperation.

GNLU hasn’t explained how the reconciliation will be done.

Emphasis in bold is ours.

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  1. if there is bar code problem as mentioned in the clat site, this could not have happened in all centres and can not affect majority of students. or else, there seems to have some mistake in the system itself

  2. Anonymous says:

    But it was on the mentors page before it was on the fb page . Why was the post deleted when ppl asked how he got the release??

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is intriguing is why the complete list of candidates, their rank and marks is not being published unlike previous years? This is standard practice for all examinations including those conducted by the UPSC including the Civil services examinations. What is GNLU hiding?

    • Gnlu-ite says:

      Even last year the results were not posted for public viewing. I do not know the motive behind this move, but it has nothing to do with GNLU’s mishap. The college administration has plenty else to answer for though. Shameful. Please press for a proper enquiry. Let the secrets in Bimal’s coffers be revealed to the world

  4. Anonymous says:

    There is something fishy here…some nexus between GNLU and some CLAT mentors….the GNLU Clarification Release was made public by a CLAT mentor before it was put up on the CLAT website. When people asked how he got hold of the release, he removed the post immediately….What does that mean??? Also, the release says exactly the same thing as he had proposed yesterday…so is it that there was some problem with the whole system or is it that the system is being accomodated now to benefit the students of this so called mentor and stop him from instigating students for filing a PIL…This is a big question now…who will answer this???

    • administrator says:

      The post was there on the GNLU’s Facebook page before it was uploaded on the CLAT website.

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