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CLAT

CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M).

About Exam

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) was successfully conducted on may via National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS Kochi). CLAT is conducted all over India entrance by 19 National Law Universities/Institutes (NLUs) for admissions to 5-year integrated undergraduate & postgraduate degree programs.

The result will provide the Qualifying status of the aspirants and can be viewed only via the registered applicants. The applicants intending to view their CLAT results are required to go to the official website of CLAT.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the exam of CLAT are given below:

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 or its equivalent from a recognized Board with minimal 50% marks in aggregate.
  • A relaxation of 5% will be provided to the applicants of reserved category i.e. 45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and PWD.
  • Applicants who still appear for 10+2 equivalent examination are also eligible.
  • During the time of admission, the candidate is required to produce evidence of their passing exam.
  • The upper age limit for CLAT is 20 years (for general) and 22 years (for SC/ST)(matter of hearing in the supreme court).
  • Grades are required to be converted into percentages for CLAT.
  • Candidate required to give any supplementary examination would not be eligible for admission.

Application Fees

The application fees details for the exam of CLAT are as follows:

  • Unreserved/OBC/PWD and Other Categories - 4000 INR
  • SC/ST - 3500 INR

For payment of application fees, Online Mode Includes:

  • Debit Card 
  • Credit Card
  • Net banking

Offline Mode Includes:

  • Bank Challan

Application Procedure

The application procedure for the exam of CLAT are as follows:

  • Creating ID
  • Filling the Application Form
  • Uploading Documents
  • Selecting Examination City
  • Paying Application Fees
  • Taking Print Out

Exam Pattern

The exam for CLAT would be based on the following features:

  • The entrance exam would be held online. It would be a computer based test. (CBT)
  • It would be in English.
  • The exam is set for 200 marks.
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate.
  • 1/4 mark would be deducted for an incorrect answer.
  • The exam would be set for a time-limit of 2 hours.
  • Every question carries 1 mark and there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • There is no sectional obligation and one can scroll in between the sections.

Study Material

Some reference books for the CLAT exam are as follows:

  • Books like RS. Agarwal for Mathematics and Reasoning.
  • Books like Pratiyogita Darpan for current affairs.
  • A.P Bhardwaj is also a useful book for this exam.

Courses Under Exam

The courses under the exam of CLAT are as follows:


Test Centres

These are some exam centers for the exam of CLAT:

  • Agra
  • Ahmedabad
  • Allahabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bangalore
  • Bhopal
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Gandhinagar
  • Gangtok
  • Ghaziabad
  • Gorakhpur
  • Greater Noida
  • Gurgaon
  • Guwahati
  • Haldwani
  • Hyderabad
  • Imphal
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jodhpur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Kurukshetra
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Noida
  • Patiala
  • Patna
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Srinagar
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Varanasi
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam

FAQs

Some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) related to the exam of CLAT are as follows:

Q: What is the mode of CLAT exam?

Ans: It is conducted in the Online mode.

Q: What is the medium of the exam?

Ans: It is conducted only in English.

Q: How many months of preparation one should do to be selected in one of the top 5 Law schools?

Ans: Between 8 - 16 months is good for preparation, depending on the average number of hours invested per day and the quality of preparation.

Q: Is this online examination for CLAT based on the internet?

Ans: No, it is not based on the internet.

Q: Is there any compulsory requirement of computer skills for appearing in online CLAT?

Ans: The candidate appearing in CLAT only needs to operate the computer mouse.

Q: Is there any arrangement for Specially-Abled Persons?

Ans: Yes, the specially-abled persons can opt to arrange for his/ her own scribe or they can make a request to the CLAT office to provide one for them. 

Q: Will I be given extra sheets/ papers for rough work and calculations?

Ans: Yes, examination centers will provide rough sheets to candidates for calculations.

Q: How can I practice for CLAT online?

Ans: Candidates can give mock tests.

Q: Is there any negative marking for CLAT?

Ans: Yes, 0.25 marks each will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Syllabus

The syllabus for CLAT can be seen below:

English:

  •  Antonyms, synonyms, and analogies
  •  Idioms
  •  Phrases fill in the blanks, cloze tests
  •  Rearrangement of sentences and words
  •  Common usage errors, spelling, use of inappropriate words

GK and Current Affairs:

  • News which are of importance in the national and international context for the past one year
  • These would span across various fields like economics, geography, technology, sports, persons, books and authors to mention a few

Maths:

  • Arithmetic: Number systems, surds, square root, approximation, ratio, and proportion, average
  • Commercial Maths: Profit and loss, percentages, partnerships, and discounts
  • Mensuration: Volumes and areas

Legal Aptitude:

  • The section would test the candidate's understanding in various fields of law- International, Criminal, Indian Constitution, Contracts, torts family law
  • Approach to research and solving problems would be tested

Logical Reasoning: 

  • Reasoning: Classification, coding, and decoding, relationships, alphabets, distance, direction
  • Logic: Assumptions, arguments, conclusions and the best course of action

Cut-Offs

The cut-off for CLAT are as follows:

National Law Universities
Cut-off
National Law School of India University
66
West Bengal National University of Judicial sciences
260
NLU Jodhpur
376
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research
135
NLU Gujarat
494
Hidayatullah National Law University
657
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
668
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
924
Chanakya National Law University
1186


Selection Procedure

CLAT selection process comprises of the following stages:

  • Written test
  • CLAT Counselling

Candidates will be shortlisted for counseling round based on their scores in the CLAT written exam.

Documents to be Carried

The important documents to be carried for the exam of CLAT are as follows:

  • CLAT admit card
  • CLAT scorecard
  • Class 10th Marksheet
  • Class 12th Marksheet
  • Category/NRI/specially abled certificates 

Intakes

The intakes for CLAT can be seen below:

Category
Number of Seats
CLAT All India Seats (UG) in 19 NLUs
1,308
State wise total Seats
621
Special Category Seats
235
Total Seats Under CLAT 2018 (UG)
2,164


Important Dates

The important dates for CLAT can be seen below:

Events
Dates
Issue of Notification
October 4, 2018
Online registration for CLAT 2019 begins
January 13, 2019 [Earlier January 10, 2019] - Available
Online window of CLAT 2019 application form opens
January 13, 2019 [Earlier January 10, 2019] - Available
Fee payment of CLAT 2019 begins
January 13, 2019 [Earlier January 10, 2019] - Available
Online registration for CLAT 2019 ends
March 31, 2019
The online window of CLAT 2019 application form closes
March 31, 2019
Fee payment of CLAT 2019 ends
March 31, 2019
The issue of CLAT 2019 admit card
April 22, 2019*
CLAT 2019 offline exam
May 12, 2019 (Sunday) 3pm to 5pm
Publishing of CLAT answer key (provisional)
Second week of May 2019*
Representation (if any) related to answering key or questions
Second week of May 2019*
Publishing of CLAT answer key (final)
Third week of May 2019*
The announcement of CLAT 2019 result
Last week of May 2019*
CLAT 2019 counseling begins
First week of June 2019*
CLAT 2019 counseling ends
First week of July 2019*


*Tentative dates; Subject to change