Technical Requirements to write NLAT 2020: Internet Specifications, Optimal Browser, & Operating System

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) has released the specifications that the candidates must meet in order to appear for the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) 2020. The institute is conducting its own entrance test this year for admissions to BA LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes.

    NLAT 2020 is being conducted by NLSIU online due to the COVID-19 pandemic (after opting out of CLAT 2020), and the students must meet the technical requirements in order to appear in the test.

    Necessary Technical Requirements

    Necessary Technical Requirements

    • The candidates must appear for the test on a laptop or a desktop computer. Other mobile devices like tablets or phones are not permitted to be used for the test.
    • Operating Systems: 1. For Desktops and Laptops: Window 7 or above (Windows 10 recommended), Mac OS 10.13 and above, and Linux (ubuntu versions 18.04, 16.04, 15.04 only) systems
      2. For Android Devices: Android version 6 and later
    • The minimum configuration required for the processor in the computer should be Core 2 Duo and above. The speed of the processor should be 1.5 GHz and above. The RAM should at least be of 1 GB.
    • The internet browser that the candidate shall use should preferably be the latest version of Google Chrome. It should not be older than the 84.0.4147.135 version of Google Chrome. The pop-up blockers on the browser must be disabled by the candidate.
    • The account of the user must have the administrator privileges to download and install the applications that may be required during the process. The JavaScript must be enabled and the antivirus in the computer must be disabled.
    • Minimum Internet Bandwidth: The minimum internet bandwidth must be 512 Kbps. The remote proctoring software will be streaming the exam data, including the audio and video data, directly to the cloud. So, the minimum speed of the internet connection must be maintained throughout the exam to allow an unhindered flow of data.
    • It must be checked that the system time is set according to the India Standard Time (GMT + 5:30).
    • Integrated webcam and integrated microphone are required mandatorily. The minimum resolution of the webcam must be 640x480. If requested, the examination system should be allowed access to the webcam or the microphone or both, during the examination.

    NLAT 2020 Exam Day Guidelines

    NLAT 2020 Exam Day Guidelines

    • The use of video conferencing services, screen sharing, remote screen projection, virtual machines etc. shall not be permitted by the examination system. In case the use of such tools or devices is detected by the system, the candidate may be disqualified from the examination.
    • The candidate is not permitted to use audio devices such as earphones, headphones, wired headsets etc. during the examination.
    • The registered candidates will be provided with a link to download and install the “Safe Assessment Browser (SAB) Tool” before the examination. It is compulsory for them to install the SAB tool in advance.
    • The candidates are required to meet these technical guidelines in order to appear for the NLAT 2020 exam. NLSIU shall not be responsible for any failure of internet connection, computer device or communication.
    • During any stage of the selection process, if the required conditions are not met by the candidate, or the candidate is found being engaged in any malpractice or dishonesty, the application of the candidate will not be considered.

    Proctorial Action incase of Malpractices

    Proctorial Action incase of Malpractices

    S.No.MalpracticeProctor Action
    1Impersonation (determined at stage of candidate validation prior to examination commencement)1. Record Malpractice. 2. Do not allow the impersonator to start the examination. 3. For PWD candidates, both, the candidate’s and scribe’s Govt. Photo- ID must be verified.
    2Inappropriate surroundings at test location /External help solicited (suspected): (Someone other than permitted scribes present in the vicinity, candidate looking in other directions continuously/ periodically, candidate talking/ communicating in any other manner with someone other than permitted scribes)1. Proctors will send a message to such candidates: “Please sweep the camera in a circle around the place you are taking the assessment” and / or: “Please tilt the device/ keyboard you are using for the assessment”. 2. Candidates to show a 360-degree view of the entire room by turning on a webcam (laptops/desktops) or front/ selfie camera (as directed by proctor) (mobile devices)/ tilt the device/ keyboard, as instructed. 3. If any unauthorised person or unauthorised device is observed in the candidate’s vicinity, including but not limited to person(s) other than permitted scribes, HDMI cables/ external devices/ projection of the test screen, etc., proctors to terminate the candidate’s examination attempt immediately. 4. If the proctor observes a phone/ tablet/ other device falling/ slipping when the device/ keyboard used for the assessment is tilted, proctor to terminate the exam immediately. 5. Any candidate who fails to comply with the proctor’s instruction within 45 seconds will be logged out of the examination. Proctors may permit 10 additional seconds in situations where they, in their discretion, determine that the candidate may not have noticed messages from the proctor in the course of attempting the examination.
    3Talking/Speaking/Maki ng Gestures (could include gestures that indicate to the proctor candidate may be using another device/ looking at chat applications/ mirror/ other screen, etc.)1. Send two warnings to the candidate. 2. If a candidate persists with this behaviour, the proctor shall inform the Super Proctor. 3. Super Proctor may recommend that candidates should be contacted through the system for clarification, or disqualified.
    4Window Switch (Accessing any other window other than the test window)1. Candidate will be logged out of the examination after 5 such attempts (accounts for occasional system pop- ups; inadvertent errors). 2. Proctor may issue warnings to candidates when the first few attempts are detected.
    5Candidate’s Face not Detected (Candidate not present in front of system)1. Send one warning. 2. If the candidate does not return within 45 seconds, terminate the candidate’s examination attempt immediately. 3. Proctors may permit 10 additional seconds in situations where they, in their discretion, determine that the candidate may not have noticed warning messages from the proctor in the course of attempting the examination.
    6Multiple persons detected1. Send one warning to the candidate. 2. If the other person does not leave immediately, terminate the candidate’s examination attempt immediately. 3. Proctors shall, when contemplating the above actions, account for: a. PWD candidates that may be using scribes; b. Candidates that may be appearing for the examination at test centres.
    7Foreign Device Observed (Mobile/Tablets/Calcula tors etc.)1. Send one warning to the candidate. 2. If the candidate still persists, terminate the candidate’s examination attempt immediately.
    8Candidates observed wearing Earphones/1. Send one warning to the candidate
    2. Check if the candidate is only using it for microphones purposes (i.e. device plugged into system as an external/ attached microphone, but candidate is not wearing earpiece/ headset) 3. If the candidate does not comply with the proctor’s instructions, terminate the candidate’s examination attempt immediately.
    Headphones/Bluetooth Audio devices
    9Simultaneous login attempts from multiple devices1. Proctors will observe the pictures of candidates from all such devices. 2. If it is observed that someone other than the candidate is using such other devices, proctor to terminate the exam immediately. 3. If a candidate is observed on all such devices, proctor will flag the issue for the Super Proctor’s attention. Super Proctor may recommend that candidates be contacted through the system for clarification, or disqualified. Further investigation post the examination may be carried out with help of audit logs generated on the system, and NLSIU may disqualify the candidate upon such examination.
    10Any other malpractices not describe above1. Proctors/ Super Proctors may, in addition to situations where Proctors/ Super Proctors detect any potential malpractices as described above, ask the candidate to perform any of the actions described in this column titled ‘Proctor Action’, at any time, and at their discretion. 2. In addition to the details set out in these Protocols, the Super Proctors shall have the authority to disqualify a candidate/ terminate the candidate’s examination attempt in the event they detect any act or omission that does not comply with the requirements of integrity of a test of the nature of the NLAT 2020.

    The interested candidates for the entrance test can apply till 10th September 2020 midnight, and NLAT 2020 is supposed to be conducted online on 12th September 2020.

    In order to be eligible for the NLAT 2020 undergraduate exam, a candidate must have cleared 10+2 or its equivalent examination with an aggregate percentage of 45% in case of General Category and PWD students and aggregate percentage of 40% in case of SC/ST categories.

    The list of the admitted students will be released and they will have to confirm their admission by producing the required documents and paying the admission fee.



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