The candidates who appeared in the entrance test for three year LLB course held by University of Kashmir on February 24. The aspiring candidates alleged that the question paper is full of mistakes and also the key gives wrong answers for several questions. “For instance, the key says Amartya Sen is the first Asian to have received the Noble prize. This is totally incorrect. Similarly the key says the capital punishment means death or life imprisonment, which is again incorrect,” Sakib Altaf, a candidate told KNS. He claimed that are other examples of wrong key as well. “Some questions are totally incorrect and bewildering for instance question number 52 of series A asks: “Which of the following judgments is both a crime and sin?” An act or a remark can be sinful or criminal, but not a judgment. I was simply lost after reading this question. Some questions have more than one answers which are correct but the key has picked up only one. This will surely work against the candidates who have tick-marked a correct answer other than the one in the key.” Question number 54 is one such example. It reads as follows: It is desirable to have only one world government. Choose the correct argument. Options given are: A: yes, it will help in eliminating tensions among nations. B: No, then only developed countries will dominate the government. C: both a and b are strong arguments D; neither A nor B is strong argument, The key says option B is the correct answer. But what about the option A, why is it not correct. Question number 49(about preventive detention) is yet another such example. The question paper suggests that it has been set by someone who is not a law knowing person. He/she doesn’t know what capital punishment is or what the amicus curiae is. This has caused great agony to the candidates. The only remedial measure would be to hold the examination afresh. Citing a ruling by the court here, he said the High Court had said that setting “ambiguous and doubtful questions” in entrance examinations confuse students and ultimately affect their merit position. The Court was referring to furnishing of wrong answer keys by the J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE). The division bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Tashi Rabstan had observed that the authority should leave no room for wrong answer keys as “it adversely affects the merit of competing candidates”. Head of Department of Law at KU Prof Mohammad Ayoub told KNS that the complaints over wrong questions and key will be sent to experts for their opinion. “We will rectify the mistakes as per the recommendations of the experts. Wrong questions will be omitted, and marks will be awarded to the candidates as the experts suggest. But no fresh exam will be held. The university has a settled procedure and we will follow that,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch