Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted of all the law entrances in India after Class XII. CLAT journey started in 2008 and today more than 40,000 students write the entrance every year to secure a seat in one of the participating National Law University including NLSIU Bangalore-the Harvard of the East.
CLAT is conducted every year to select students for 19 National Law Universities in India, other than National Law University-Delhi and HP National Law University-Shimla, which have their own process to select the students.
CLAT Score is also accepted by other law schools including NMIMS, Mumbai, UPES Dehradun and Nirma University, Ahmedabad, to name a few. The following National Law Universities (along with intake) accept CLAT scores to admit students to their five year LLB programs every year:
National Law School of India University, Bangalore : 80 Seats
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad : 120 Seats
National Law Institute University, Bhopal : 128 Seats
WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata : 133 Seats
National Law University, Jodhpur : 115 Seats
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur : 187 Seats
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar : 187 Seats
Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow : 178 Seats
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala : 196 Seats
Chankaya National Law University, Patna : 140 Seats
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi : 68 Seats
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack : 180 Seats
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi : 120 Seats
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati : 60 Seats
DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam : 120 Seats
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli : 110 Seats
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai : 60 Seats
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur : 60 Seats
There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2018.
As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2018 are also eligible to appear in CLAT-2018 online examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.
The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
CLAT shall be conducted in online mode where the paper will have 200 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
English including comprehension: The English section will test the candidates` proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. 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 grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
General Knowledge and Current 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.
Mathematics: This section will test candidate`s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.
Legal Aptitude: This section will test candidate`s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include 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, candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate`s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
CLAT Exam Pattern
English including comprehension : 40 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) : 20 Marks
Logical Reasoning : 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs : 50 Marks
Legal Aptitude : 50 Marks
Marking Scheme : +1/-0.25
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