Law is one of the most popular and widely preferred courses in India. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes.The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to BALLB five year integrated undergraduation programmes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programmes conducted by these law universities
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The CLAT scores are used by other private law colleges across the country and Public Sector Undertakings for admissions and recruitment respectively. It is a Computer Based Standardised Test.
Participating Universities for CLAT
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
- National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
- The 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 ManoharLohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
- The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
- National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
- National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
- National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati (NLUJAA)
- DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
- Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
- Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
- Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates). Students whose results are awaited can also appear in the test.
As per the status of respective participating university. Detail may be seen in the prospectus of the respective participating university
Syllabus for CLAT :
English including comprehension:
The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammer. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammer section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc
General Knowledge and Currents Affairs:
The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
Elementary Maths :
Test the Proficiency of students up to Xth class Maths etc.
This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving abilities. 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. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theater across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.
Exam Pattern of CLAT (Under-Graduate Programme) :
Subject wise Marks and Duration
English Comprehension- Marks @ 40
General Knowledge/Current Affairs- Marks @50
Elementary Mathematics- Marks @20
Legal Aptitude- Marks @ 50
Logical Reasoning – Marks @ 40
Total Marks @ 200
Total Time @ 2hrs
Note : There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.