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4 POINTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLAT

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the entrance examination for those who want to study law. Through CLAT, the examinees can get admission to the 19 premium law institutes in India and some of the other educational institutes to pursue law depending on their CLAT score.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the entrance examination for those who want to study law. Through CLAT, the examinees can get admission to the 19 premium law institutes in India and some of the other educational institutes to pursue law depending on their CLAT score.

Here is some important information about CLAT that one needs to know before starting the preparation.

What is the eligibility to apply for CLAT?

  • There is no upper age limit for those who wish to apply for both UG and PG programmes.
  • Candidates must have secured a minimum percentage in their qualifying exam.
    • For the UG programme, the qualifying exam is 10+2 where the qualifying marks are 40% for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) candidates and 45% for the remaining candidates falling under the categories of Unreserved, BC, OBC and Specially Abled Persons (SAP).
    • For the PG programme, the qualifying exam is LL.B., five-year integration LL.B. (Hons.) or any other equivalent examination. The qualifying marks are 50% for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) candidates and 55% for the remaining candidates falling under the categories of Unreserved, BC, OBC and Specially Abled Persons (SAP).

Who conducts CLAT?

All the National Law Universities (NLUs) conducts the CLAT on a rotational basis for both UG and PG programmes. The 19 NLUs spread all over India decided to conduct CLAT in the year 2008 and the most recent CLAT examination in 2018 was conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi.

What is the exam pattern of CLAT?

The examination happens for two hours.

  • For the UG progamme, the CLAT paper consists of 200 multiple choice questions containing five sections – English and comprehension (40 questions), General Knowledge and Current Affairs (50 questions), Legal Aptitude (50 questions), Logical Reasoning (40 questions) and Numerical Ability (20 questions).
  • For the PG programme, the CLAT paper consists of 150 multiple choice questions containing three sections – Constitutional Law (50 questions), Jurisprudence (50 questions), other law subjects like Contracts, International Law, IPR, etc. (50 questions)

There is negative marking in CLAT. For every wrong answer, one gets -0.25 mark and for every right answer, one gets one mark.

How does the CLAT score determine the allotment of universities?

The candidates will be asked to fill in the preference of universities that wish to study in. The allotment of universities for candidates is based on the merit-cum-preference basis for every university depending on the reservations, marks and the eligibility varied based on the universities’ Statutes.