EVEN AS educationists have been complaining of the delay in declaring the syllabus for the first-ever Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to law courses to take place this year, the state government has finally declared its structure. However, the structure is a proposed one (at the drafting stage) that has been made online for suggestions and the finalisation of the actual syllabus may indeed take some more time.
As per the draft posted online, the law entrance test would be a two-hour paper of 150 marks and divided into sub-sections like logical reasoning, legal reasoning, current affairs, general knowledge, English and Maths.
“The proposed draft is for the undergraduate Bachelor of Socio-Legal Sciences and post-graduate Bachelor of Law courses. It is for the first time that a CET is being taken for admissions to law courses, which until now was being done at college or university level. Hence, the draft has been put online to invite suggestions from stakeholders and anyone who wishes to give their feedback to us,” said Dhanraj Mane, director of higher education.
The entrance test would be carried out by the newly-instituted CET cell at state level.
Notwithstanding the delay in declaring the syllabus, which educationists say is crucial, the department is being criticised for elements in the proposed structure, which experts say is leading to more confusion.
Educationist Vivek Velankar who had earlier written to chief minister and education minister over delay in declaring structure and syllabus said that for the first time, a term of ‘legal reasoning’ has come forward. “If you see all other sub-heads, it is clear what they are referring to – like English or current affairs. But what does legal reasoning mean? Does it mean analysing a situation according to prevalent laws or legal conditions? But then we are talking about law aspirants, they haven’t studied law yet. So the term is very confusing and I strongly believe that the department should declare both structure and syllabus at earliest so it gives some time for students to prepare.” he said.
Meanwhile, Mane said that since it is only a draft of the structure, a detailed syllabus wasn’t declared online. “Once we have finalised the structure, we will declare the entire detailed syllabus and also ensure there are numbers where aspirants can call if they have any doubts before preparation,” he said.