NLAT software facial recognition clears Thanos on a phonescreen to take the NLS mock exam hile the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) for admission to NLSIU Bangalore’s LLB and LLM programmes was launched yesterday and NLS has announced a fully-proctored simulation to take place tomorrow, with the actual exam on Saturday (12 September), serious questions remain about whether the university will catch any of the inevitable cheating attempts (besides the plethora other issues, some of which have been highlighted in our Claxit live blog ).

We’ve had the opportunity to play around with the mock exam and its technology and have collated the accounts and ideas of several candidates and other experts we have spoken to about cheating in online exams. For obvious reasons, all wanted to remain anonymous.

From this, as well as other data available, it is a certainty that some candidates, potentially hundreds, may try to cheat.

More importantly therefore, we examine whether there’s a realistic chance for NLS and its vendor to catch all those cheating attempts.

Spoiler: right now, the outlook is not great. Disclaimer: This is purely for informational purposes

For the avoidance of doubt, this is not a guide to cheating: we are publishing this purely for informational purposes and are not inducing anyone to try and cheat the system.

First, cheating on a competitive exam is plain wrong. Second, apart from potential disqualification, it may ruin your education, career, and might result in criminal charges in the worst case. And third, it is probably a far more stressful and ultimately less successful experience for most than having prepared properly and taking the exam normally.

Nevertheless, the ideas and concerns raised in this article have been suggested from many of those who are going to take the NLAT, most of whom probably don’t intend on cheating themselves, as well as those who have taken other proctored exams. None of the below are rocket science or rely on information that is not in the public domain, and all fall within things that are achievable by unethical but enterprising students, let alone skilled / bored techies, hackers or makers.

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