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About CLAT

Introduction

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum- preference’ to each University for admission to their Under-Graduate (UG)/Post-Graduate (PG) programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

 

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes.

The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of seven participating NLUs decided that a Common Entrance Test shall be conducted by all the participating Universities on rotational basis in the order of their year of establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008. Presently there are 19 NLUs participating in CLAT and following the policy of rotation, the Eleventh Common Law Admission Test (CLAT - 2018) is being organised by NUALS, Kochi.

The nineteen NLUs offer five-year integrated Under-Graduate Law Programmes leading to the award of a degree in Law as per their respective nomenclature.

 
 
 

Application Form and Information Brochure for CLAT 2018

The CLAT 2018 Online Application Form will be accessible on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) between 1st January, 2018 to 31st March, 2018 along-with the Information Brochure. No hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold. CLAT 2018 Information Brochure (not the application form) will also be accessible from the respective website of all the participating NLU(s).

 

Eligibility

UG Programme

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:

  • 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
  • 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.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:

  • Higher marks in the component section on legal aptitude in the CLAT-2018 exam ,Higher age & Computerized draw of lots
  • Participating Law Schools

     

    Name of the Institution
    Location
    Year of joining CLAT
    National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
    Bangalore
    2008
    National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR), University of Law
    Hyderabad
    2008
    The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)
    Bhopal
    2008
    National Law Institute University (NLIU)
    Kolkata
    2008
    National Law University, Jodhpur
    Jodhpur
    2008
    Hidayatullah National Law University
    Raipur
    2008
    Gujarat National Law University
    Gandhinagar
    2008
    Dr. Ram ManoharLohia National Law University
    Lucknow
    2009
    Chanakya National Law University
    Patna
    2009
    National University of Advanced Legal Studies
    Kochi
    2009
    Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
    Patiala
    2009
    National University of Study and Research in Law
    Ranchi
    2012
    National Law University, Orissa
    Cuttack
    2012
    National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam
    Guwahati
    2012
    Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
    Visakhapatnam
    2014[14]
    Tamil Nadu National Law School
    Srirangam
    2015
    Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)
    Mumbai
    2015
    Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)
    Nagpur
    2016
    Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)
    Aurangabad
    2016


    Pattern of CLAT 2018 (Under-Graduate Programme)

     

    Exam Description
    Total Marks
    200
    Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each
    200
    Duration of Examination
    Two hours (02:00 hours)
    Subject areas with Weightage
    English including Comprehension
    40 Marks
    General Knowledge and Current Affairs
    50 Marks
    Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)
    20 Marks
    Legal Aptitude
    50 Marks
    Logical Reasoning
    40 Marks
    Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.

    Tie-Breaking (Under-Graduate Programme)

    In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT 2018, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:

    • Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2018
    • Higher age
    • Computerized draw of lots

    The different subject areas of the examination

     

    1. 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.

    2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
    The candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between May 2016 to April 2018)

    3. Mathematics
    This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. maths taught up to Class X.

    4. Legal Aptitude
    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.

    5. 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 will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.