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COMMON LAW ADMISSION TEST- CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination (ww.clat.ac.in) conducted on rotation basis by the 16 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admission to their under-graduate degree programmes (LL.B.). The 16 participating NLUs are:

  • National Law University of India, Bengaluru
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • The National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkatav
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  • National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
  • National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
  • National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
  • The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli

The NLUs offer a 5-year integrated under-graduate law course leading to B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.), B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.), B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) degrees.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

NATIONALITY

Must be an Indian national/NRI. Foreign nationals are NOT permitted to appear in the CLAT.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Higher Secondary School/ Intermediate (10+2) or equivalent from a recognized Board with minimum of 45% marks in aggregate (40% for SC/ST).

AGE CRITERIA

Below 20 years as on 1st July of the year in which the CLAT is conducted.

AGE RELAXATION

Up to 22 years for SC/ST and Persons with Disability Those appearing in their Class 12th examination or equivalent can appear in the CLAT but they need to produce evidence of passing the examination with the required percentage. The results of the qualifying examination need to be submitted at the time of admission.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The allotment of candidates to various NLU(s) will be based on merit-cum-preference. An online counseling would take place after the CLAT results, wherein the candidates can mark their preferences for admission. The university-wise first provisional allotment list will be published on the CLAT website. The comprehensive list will be prepared by picking up candidates proportionately from various categories like Unreserved/SC/ST/OBC/PWD/DFF/NRI etc. both from the All India and State (Domicile) categories.

NRI CANDIDATES

Some of these Universities admit the NRI candidates directly whereas others do it through the CLAT.

EXAM PATTERN

Number of multiple-choice questions
200
Total Marks
200
Duration
Two hours (02:00 hours)
SUBJECT MARKS
English including Comprehension 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Marks

NEGATIVE MARKING

0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer given.

CLAT RESULTS

The CLAT results are published on the CLAT Website (www.clat.ac.in) with an overall merit list of candidates prepared according to their CLAT Score along with their categories.

DETAILED SYLLABI

ENGLISH (Including Comprehension)

Reading Comprehension passages, understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein Grammar — incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks with appropriate words, etc.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND CURRENTS AFFAIRS

General Awareness including static general knowledge, Knowledge of current affairs (covering events of the one-year period before the CLAT)

MATHEMATICS

Knowledge of elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics up to Class X

LEGAL APTITUDE

Interest in the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability Legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may be imaginary situations, wherein the candidates have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

LOGICAL REASONING

Ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments Questions on syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. (NO questions on visual reasoning).

TIE-BREAKER

If equal marks are scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT, the tie will be broken using the following procedure and order: 1. Higher marks in the Legal Aptitude section in the CLAT 2. Higher age 3. Computerized draw of lots