Common Law Admission Test, CLAT
The Common Law Admission Test also known as CLAT is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by the fifteen National Law Schools (Universities) for admission to their undergraduate and post graduate programmes, i.e., BA LL.B & LL.M, respectively.
The list of the participating National Law Schools (Universities) is given at the end of this write-up.
About Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) :
- Conducted every year by the participating National Law Schools (Universities) on rotation basis.
- Conducted in an offline/paper –pencil mode.
- Held in 2 categories :
a) Undergraduate (UG) b) Postgraduate(PG)
CLAT UG Eligibility (5-Yr. law i.e.BA/BBA + LLB) Criteria –
- A candidate should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates)
- should be below 20 years of age (22 years in case of SC and ST candidates)
- Candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible. However, such candidates are required to have passed the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and should be able to submit proofs in support of their claims.
CLAT is also conducted in PG category and candidates who have obtained a 3 Yr. LL. B/B. L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC and ST candidates) are eligible to appear in this test.
Syllabus, pattern and format of CLAT UG category:
Duration -2 hrs
Questions Type- Objective
Total Number of questions-200
Total Marks -200
Negative marking -0.25 for each wrong answer
Sections asked in CLAT- 5 – a) Mathematics b) English c) Logical Reasoning d) Current affairs e) Legal Aptitude.
|Logical Reasoning||4o marks|
|General knowledge/ current affairs||50 marks|
|Legal Aptitude||50 marks|
Test of student’s knowledge of Maths taught up to class xth. This section is of 20 marks.
English including Comprehension-
This section in CLAT is of 40 marks. The questions that are asked in this area test mainly a student’s proficiency in Reading a passage, understanding its theme and summary and answering the questions based on the passage. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
The logical reasoning aims at testing a student’s analytical ability while attempting questions on blood relations, puzzles, syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. This section is of 40 marks.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
Candidates will have to keep themselves updated about the current affairs of national and international importance. Questions asked in this section include questions from current affairs and static GK (History, Geography and Constitution).This section is of 50 marks.
This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. This section is of 50 marks.
The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:
National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati (NLUJAA)
The Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli is the 15th National Law School to become part of the Common Law Admission Test and one of the participating Universities